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Opinion. Beyond the politics of choosing the next President of the United States, the American public faces some major differences during the 2020 presidential campaign as citizens work through mechanics of casting their ballots.

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"We don’t expect federal officials to understand our strongly held traditions of clan relationship, keeping harmony in our communities, and holding life sacred. What we do expect, no, what we demand, is respect for our People, for our Tribal Nation, and we will not be pushed aside any longer.” -Navajo Nation
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OPINION. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported what has been commonly known for several months:  American Indians and Alaska Natives have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19.

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Opinion. Last Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, when the 19th amendment guaranteed most American women the right to vote. The amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920. Upon ratification, the amendment did not include American Indian women because American Indians were not yet citizens of the United States. It took almost four more years for America’s First Peoples to gain citizenship, on June 2, 1924.

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The outbreak of coronavirus earlier this year left many mental health professionals concerned that stay-at-home orders and other safety measures designed to protect citizens from the pandemic could cause an increase in mental health issues. Unfortunately, mental health disorders and access to mental health care has been an ongoing struggle for Native Americans. With the additional mental drain resulting from the virus’s spread, it’s important now more than ever to support our relatives by understanding mental health and how it disproportionately impacts our communities. 

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OPINION. There was real celebration after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was chosen by former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to be his running mate.

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In its recent ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, the United States Supreme Court affirmed what Native Americans in Oklahoma have always known and maintained: Our land is, and always has been, ours.

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OPINION  The COVID-19 pandemic may yield more damage than the tragic deaths of our fellow Americans — which tragically surpassed 160,000 on Thursday — and the worst economy since the Great Depression.

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Guest Opinion. Preserving the Cherokee language and growing the number of Cherokee speakers are critical to our tribe’s future. My administration and I view this as a top priority. Over the past year, we have enhanced our current language programs and expanded into new areas.