Ray Cook: I was reading an article about Standing Rock and pipelines, and the term stewards of the land came up in reference to Native nations and people. It was a positive reference—but what does it mean? And what does it mean for us? Is there a teaching here?...
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s multi-year fight to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline focused international attention on the Lakota people’s spiritual teachings to protect their first medicine, Mni Wiconi, sacred water. Despite ongoing lawsuits by tribes to stop the flow of oil, Donald Trump signed an Order...
The California Coastal Commission has made history with the appointment of Ryan Sundberg, Yurok, to its Board of Commissioners. Sundberg is the first Native American to ever be appointed to the 12-member commission in its 41-year history.
Sundberg’s position is one of six requiring that an appointee be an official...
Fifteen months after taking office, President William Jefferson Clinton made history by inviting tribal leaders to the White House.
Of the 556 leaders invited, 322 attended the meeting, during which Clinton fielded questions about economic development, tribal sovereignty, health care, education and government-to-government relationships. The April 1994 event marked first...
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