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OPINION. Another historical milestone was reached on Thursday when the Biden-Harris Administration returned a major policy initiative of the Obama-Biden Administration by re-dedicating the White House Council on Native American Affairs (White House Council) and designating the Nation’s first Native American Cabinet Member ~ Secretary of Interior Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) as chair.

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OPINION. On March 30, Native News Online published an article about the water crisis on the Warm Springs Reservation, home to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs. The residents of the reservation have had to live with contaminated water for almost five years and the federal and state government has only provided “Band-Aid” fixes, according to one tribal official.

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OPINION. Our Indigenous elders teach us the spring season is a time for new beginnings and renewal. After a long winter, spring brings forth Mother Earth’s beautiful greenery. It is the season to plant vegetable and flower gardens.

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Imagine more than 550,000 Americans dying in the past year due to Covid-19. Imagine the heartache, fear, trauma and devastation this has produced. Imagine all the relatives, friends and citizens no longer with us or here to care for their loved ones, provide for their families or serve their communities. Imagine the deep void this has left and the level of grieving formerly unknown in our lifetime. Now, consider this happening in communities that are already facing water scarcity, poverty and low food security. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many people who are living in Indian Country and not only have to fight for social equity but now grapple with the effects of a disease that has taken the lives of so many valuable members of their communities: the Elders.

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — In 2009, then Vice President Biden was charged with the duty to formulate the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to save the auto industry and to stimulate the economy with shovel ready projects. So, it is especially gratifying for President Biden to pick up where we left off as a Nation to fix the aging American infrastructure with roads, bridges, water systems, schools, newer and greener energy platforms, public transit and high-speed rail, and much needed technology and broadband upgrades.

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Opinion. There was one small reason — and only one — I was not entirely excited about Deb Haaland, a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, becoming the 54th secretary of the Interior: she had to leave Congress.

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Opinion. In the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police officers last May, some Americans seemed to acknowledge the deep scars racism spread across this country. Monuments and statues that memorialized Confederate soldiers came down. Up in St. Paul, Minn., a statue of the lost voyager Christopher Columbus was toppled by American Indians on the east side of the Minnesota State Capitol mall.

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Guest Opinion. One might not think of northwest Montana as the heart of the hostile climate policy inherited from the Trump administration. Keystone-XL and Standing Rock are well-known in the climate struggle’s pantheon, thanks to Indigenous people forming the frontlines in those struggles. But an unseen world, similarly vital, exists to the west, in the shadows of an ancient inland rainforest in the Yaak Valley of northwest Montana’s Kootenai National Forest (KNF). Once again, the Indigenous community is stepping-up to defend that, which if lost, will impact us all.

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Opinion. Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old white man, on Tuesday walked into three Atlanta-area spas owned by Asian Americans and killed eight people in cold blood during his rampage. Six of the people killed were of Asian descent and two were white. Seven of those killed were women.

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Guest Opinion. With the rollout of multiple vaccines and decreasing case numbers nationwide, it looks like we’re finally rounding a corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. As hopeful as this time is, it also allows us to refocus our attention on issues that have been overshadowed by the pandemic. In the shadows, the drug abuse epidemic has worsened dramatically: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there were over 81,000 overdose deaths in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.