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When President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did an about-face on his past policy to deny consideration of Supreme Court nominees in an election year. As you may recall, McConnell refused to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland back in 2016 on the basis that the American people should be able to opine on the next Supreme Court justice through their vote. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) agreed.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, Native Americans are 3.5 times more likely to be impacted by Covid-19 than whites. This tremendous disparity is the direct result of generations of government policies that deliberately discriminated, displaced, and damaged the Native American community. Now is the time for a long-overdue reconciliation effort between the federal government and Native Americans.

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Opinion. As justification for not voting in the American election process, apathetic and apolitical citizens often say it doesn’t matter who the president of the United States is. Often, they like to add “all politicians are all alike.”

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OPINION. We have reached an unprecedented moment in history and for the first time ever, humans have induced what some are calling the 6th mass extinction, an event which will ripple out across biodiversity, ecosystems, and aquatic regions for generations to come. Projections include rates of species extinction, one hundred times higher, due to human activity and accelerated by centuries of colonialism. Indigenous Peoples’ Day amplifies the profound and powerful call to a higher consciousness by Indigenous Peoples and youth who continue to be the first line of defense for Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth).

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OPINION. As a Potawatomi schoolboy, I never bought into the constructed history taught in the Columbus Day poem stating that “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and discovered America.

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Opinion. For eight straight years the Obama administration hosted an annual White House tribal nations conference. The annual tribal nations conference brought together tribal leaders from all federally recognized tribes to meet with top Obama administration officials, including cabinet members, to discuss critical issues faced by Indian Country.

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Four Directions will continue to fight alongside the brave members of the Navajo Nation who are calling Arizona Secretary of State Hobbs to account for the unequal access to Vote-By-Mail her office is defending.  The case is captioned as Yazzie et. el. v Hobbs.

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Opinion. The news of President Trump contracting Covid-19 is disturbing as is the news anyone, regardless of station in life, has been afflicted with the deadly disease. The fact that the president now has Covid-19 will not negate the fact that Election Day is Nov. 3 and voting continues in 18 states across the nation.

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Every October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), advocates and communities across Indian Country and the United States rally together to honor survivors of domestic violence and support abuse prevention.

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Opinion. Friday was Michigan Indian Day. It was a time to celebrate our American Indian heritage on a day set aside for each fourth Friday of September in 1974 by Michigan lawmakers.