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Special to Native News Online. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Reservation — Indian Country is full of heroes and sheroes who have dedicated their lives to advocating for our people.  It is what we do to honor our ancestors and provide for future generations.  Recognizing our individual responsibility to our Gawin Na Min Da Min Da (all of our relatives including our ancestors) is the mark of a true leader.  

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Guest Opinion. Praying with water this morning, thanking her for quenching the thirst of Mother Earth, five finger nation, plant nation, mineral nation, four-legged nation, winged nation and for quenching the thirst of the spirit for truth, peace and love. When you pray with the water, she responds if you listen, she speaks up! 

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Opinion. What a difference a week makes. 

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Guest Opinion.  As Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I joined the celebrations across Indian Country for the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 Brackeen v. Haaland decision upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The ruling was a triumph for tribes and, more importantly, for the health and safety of Native American children.

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Opinion. Last Thursday will be one of those memorable days for many Native Americans, myself included. It was similar to those days when you remember exactly where you were the moment when something monumental happened — when the Challenger spacecraft exploded shortly after takeoff, for example, or, for some of us elders, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

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Editor's Note: This opinion was first published last year on June 19, 2021. It has been updated and is being republished today as the nation celcbrate the Juneteenth fedeal holiday.

Opinion. President Joe Biden signed the legislation into law two years that makes Juneteenth a national holiday. Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day, celebrates June 19, 1865, the date the people of Texas were informed slavery was over.

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Guest Opinion. Before Will Rogers became a world-famous performer, actor and social commentator, he was a young Cherokee growing up on a ranch near Oologah Lake. Now, Cherokee Nation has purchased the historic Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch from the state of Oklahoma. The purchase is a milestone for Cherokee Nation cultural tourism, honoring the legacy of a global celebrity with deep Cherokee roots.

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Opinion. Monte Fronk was on duty in his official capacity as a representative of the Mille Lacs Tribal Police at the Road to Healing tour stop at the Mille Lacs Indian Community in central Minnesota a week ago Saturday. 

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Guest Commentary. With the results certified and finalized after recent Cherokee Nation elections, I want to thank every Cherokee Nation citizen across the country who exercised their right to vote. Friends, your voices were heard, and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and I are honored to serve the Cherokee people for another term.

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Opinion. After George Floyd’s death in 2020, a shift occurred in mainstream attitudes about race and some of the dark eras in our country’s history. During the aftermath, statues of wayward explorer Christopher Columbus were toppled and Indigenous communities moved to rename the federal holiday that honored him.