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OPINION.  It was 108 years ago today, July 15, 1912, when Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox, Potawatomi) was bestowed two Olympic gold medals by King Gustav of Sweden at the conclusion of the 1912 Olympic Games, after winning the decathlon and pentathlon in Stockholm.

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OPINION. In late June, I read an op-ed from the Grand Forks Herald that made me literally stop reading and double check the year it was written. The column read like something out of the Deep South during the 1950s, but since the column specifically mentioned the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which was enacted in 1978, I knew it was more recent.

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GUEST OPINION.  “We hold the government to its word,” wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch in the McGirt decision issued by the US Supreme Court on July 9. As the First People of this land, we’ve been waging that struggle since the Lenape entered the first treaty with the Continental Congress in 1778. It’s been a while.

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OPINION.  President Donald Trump went to Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day and brought a message aimed to excite his base as the summer progresses to the November presidential election.

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OPINION.  As 2020 continues to unfold, this Fourth of July is different.

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Editor’s Note: This commentary was published in observance of the Fourth of July holiday in 2015. Native News Online is republishing it again this year. 

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GUEST OPINION - SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The toppling of the bronze Christopher Columbus statue on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in Saint Paul last month amplified the conversation on race and ethnicity as the nation and many other countries challenged racism, oppression, and those who protect it.

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OPINION. My mother taught her children the power of reading and learning. When I was in elementary school, she took me and my siblings to the local library on Saturday mornings. My lifelong love of biographies began when I selected books to check out of the library to read. I read the biographies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and other American historical figures.

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OPINION. It was a cold and windy November afternoon as I stood inside the home of Dennis Banks on the Friday after he died. The house sits on a northern point of Leech Lake in central Minnesota.  As whitecaps crashed against the shore, I could see three of his grandsons replenishing the sacred fire with new firewood to keep it burning in his honor.  

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OPINION. No one expected that in 2020, America would face such a difficult year. With the events and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, life as we knew it had irrevocably changed. But over the last few weeks, we saw glimmers of hope as death and infection rates slowed and businesses began to reopen.