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Guest Opinion. Cherokee language is core to our culture and our identity as a distinct people. Since European contact, the Cherokee people have been tested by wars, disease, broken treaties, forced removal, the suppression of our government, and the taking of our children away from their families to boarding schools where they could be severely punished just for speaking Cherokee.

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Opinion. This year November has proven busier than ever for all of us at Native News Online. From covering the slip of the tongue by a reporter who referred to Native Americans as “Indigenous creatures” to our in-depth coverage of Indigenous candidates in the midterm elections, our Native-led newsroom brought a Native perspective to the news. 

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Guest Opinion. At Cherokee Nation and across America, we recognize November as Diabetes Awareness Month. An estimated one in 10 Americans has diabetes. In Indian Country, the numbers are even higher, with more than one in six of the adult population affected. During Diabetes Awareness Month, we are making extra efforts to educate Cherokees about this serious disease.

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Today on Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Commemorated annually, Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Then President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 that changed the name to Veterans Day. It is a national holiday that honors all veterans—alive and dead—who have served the United States in the military. 

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GUEST OPINION. On November 8, 1978, the U.S. Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Its passage followed “more than four years of hearings, deliberation, and debate, to alleviate a terrible crisis of national proportions – the ‘wholesale separation of Indian children from their families….’ ” 

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Editor's Note: As dual citizens of our tribal nations and the United States, we get to vote today. Attorney Burton W. Warrrington voted and shared why he feels today's election is of utmost importance in Wisconsin where resides. We at Native News Online believe voting is important. We gladly share Mr. Warrington's reasons for voting.

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Opinion. Occasionally, I see posts by Native News Online’s readers on our popular Facebook page who call me out for being charitable towards Democrats. Some commenters maintain that neither of the two major political parties have been kind to Native Americans. Others comment that Democrats take the Native vote for granted. Still others say negative things about President Joe Biden. 

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Guest Opinion. The Cherokee people have always been deeply connected to the land. Since time immemorial, we have depended on the land for food and medicine, natural beauty, and the perfect setting for Cherokee community life and cultural activities. From our ancient homelands in the southeast to our reservation in northeast Oklahoma, the land has always been essential for our collective well-being.

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Guest Opinion. Ask most people to picture a Native American and a distinct image will inevitably come to mind. Maybe it’s a Disney character, sports mascot, or wooden figure outside of a cigar store. They’re almost certainly wearing a feathered headdress or face paint, carrying a tomahawk, or hunting buffalo with a bow and arrow. If this is your mental image of a “real” Native American, you are seeing a stereotype. 

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Opinion. The 2022 midterm elections, which are less than two weeks away, are important to the future of our country. On November 9, we will all wake up to discover the pathway to this country’s future.