In July 2012, national press thrust the status of Dakota children in the social service program of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation into national headlines. The sad and untimely death of two Dakota children, discovered by their mother, has been played out like a mad melodrama.
Last week, I toured the new Indian Health Service (IHS) Cheyenne River Health Center. The center, which opened last year, includes a new dental clinic, CT scanner and a Spiritual Room where patients and family can practice their traditions.
Let’s dispel a myth circulating in Indian country: Indians and Indian tribes are not prevented from taking advantage of the benefits of the Patient Protection and Aff
Republicans in the U.S. House, including Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, are blocking the expanded authority that tribal police need to deal with violent non-Indian offenders of Native American women on Indian land.
One of the consequences of the conquest and settlement of North and South America by Europeans was the displacement and destruction of native biological and cultural diversity.
While we wait for Congress to do the right thing and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, there are important things that tribal leaders can do right now to protect Nat
In 2008, the Office of Alaska Native Health Research revealed that two of the top three cancer hazards for American Indian Alaskans were military chemicals and asbestos. Unfortunately for many U.S. veterans, military hazards and asbestos hazards were often synonymous.
Over two years ago I addressed some health issues surrounding FEMA trailers my tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, was receiving.
It's a lot easier and less expensive to prevent toxins such as flame retardants, pesticides and mercury from getting into our waters than it is to try and clean them up after the fact. That's the idea behind the state of Washington's plan to update fish consumption rates.
Voting should be easy, almost routine. If it’s election day, we should vote. It’s that simple because it’s the very foundation of democracy. It is only when “we” have a say in what happens next, in our future, that governance meets the basic test of a democracy.
The reasons one would take their own life_especially when they’re young—is an area I hope to bring awareness to so others may not have to deal with the anguish of having a loved one pass away by their own hand.
Luke Russert, son of the late and much-admired journalist Tim Russert, recently referred to Watergate as "the mother of all political scandals." He’s right, given our predilection to add “-gate” when we
The entire debate over ObamaCare” is now fundamentally different. It’s the law of the land that has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court will most likely issue a decision on Thursday that will leave a mess behind. I doubt there will be a clean decision—up or down—it’s far more likely that court will focus on the most narrow of issues. Then the political process can sort out what’s left standing.