President Obama has announced his upcoming travel to Cannonball, ND. to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday, June 13. The President will be accompanied by the First Lady in his first visit to Indian Country since taking office.
The following op-ed by President Obama appeared in Indian Country Today: Six years ago, I made my first trip to Indian Country. I visited the Crow Nation in Montana – an experience I’ll never forget. I left with a new Crow name, an adoptive Crow family, and an even stronger commitment to build a future that honors old traditions and welcomes every Native American into the American Dream.
Now that the children are finished with school and the weather has warmed up, it’s really beginning to feel like summer. The family vacations, camping trips, picnics and baseball games have all begun and our calendars are filling up with our summer plans. Regardless of what your plans are for the next three months, I hope you’ll take the time to pick up a book this summer and encourage your children to do the same.
Rural Health News Service How many times have you heard politicians say that no bureaucrat should come between you and your doctor? You and your physician should decide when you need to go to the hospital or when you might want to wait out that cold before taking an antibiotic. The reality is something very different. Dr. Luis Collar who writes on the blog KevinMD.com, said in an essay recently: “Despite the foul smog of competing interests that permeate this new delivery paradigm, one thing is clear—physicians are no longer calling the shots.”
Let’s get out and vote, folks. Next Tuesday is primary election day, and with relatively short ballots, a lower voter turnout might be expected. But it doesn’t have to be! During the Memorial Day holiday, we hear a lot about the sacrifices people make to help guarantee our freedoms. The simple act of voting might seem small in comparison but it’s the foundation of everything in a free and democratic society.
Each year the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors an Americanism essay contest for students in grades 3-12. Grade levels are divided into five classes. One award in each of the five classes is presented in each division. Winners receive $50, and a $50 honorarium in the student’s name will be made to the Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship Fund. This year’s theme is “How Can I Show my Pride in Being an American?” The following students are ninth graders in Bobbi Maher’s class.
I was living in a community that decided to run a memorial exhibit on the Holocaust. I felt it would be a good learning experience for my family. When we reached the exhibit, we each randomly drew a name. We put on a tag with that name, and we were supposed to address each other accordingly.
These days, we hear a lot about government debt. When times get tough, and balancing the budget must be done, states like Illinois and California incur debt to cover routine annual government expenses. Of course, in Washington, D.C., Congress routinely borrows money to fund the federal budget. A more responsible approach uses government debt (bonds) for construction projects.
Food allergies are on the rise everywhere and chances are you know someone with food allergies. Three and a half years ago my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy at the age of 2½. He has never had an anaphylactic reaction, but has an Epi-Pen (which is an epinephrine injector) just in case. I have learned a lot about food allergies in that time, particularly on how to read a food label. If you don’t habitually read ingredient labels, take a look the next time you go grocery shopping.
A mother sings a lullaby as she cradles her infant. The melody echoes from the voices of her mother and grandmother as they rocked their babies. A mother smiles and hugs her little girl, saying she is a chatterbox just like her Aunt Judy. A mother pulls the lemon jelly roll recipe from the box of tattered, hand written cards as she prepares the special dessert for Easter dinner, just as her grandmother did.
Each week, all over South Dakota, groups of boys and girls gather in community centers, living rooms, church fellowship halls and school gymnasiums, where they recite a pledge. It goes, in part, “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living.”