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Thu
13
Aug
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Maybe we don’t like the checkpoints — but...

We hear a lot of complaints — from tribal members and non-members — about the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s COVID checkpoints. But, looking at the bigger picture, could we also show some appreciation for the benefits the Tribe is providing in its efforts to manage the pandemic?

 

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Thu
06
Aug
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In Praise of the “Trapper Keeper”®

Every fall we look forward to school starting.

We love the process of shopping for some new clothes,

pencils, tablets, backpacks, and the like.

When I was young, it was picking out a brand new

Trapper Keeper ® binder that prepared me for school,

one object I got to select that made me happy.

But this year is different.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
30
Jul
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COVID Blues

In a few short weeks we’ll be given a task

to decide if we want to be wearing a mask

to a school in a town in a state with a pasque

the answer differs based on who you ask

 

 

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Thu
30
Jul
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Life Lessons

Sometimes, life has lessons for us that we don’t truly appreciate until much later. Many years ago, when I was a very wet behind the ears new doctor, I had the privilege of being part of the care team for an elderly Native American woman. She had been transferred from somewhere in rural South Dakota to our hospital in the city in hopes of identifying her disease and ascertaining how best to help her. Her daughter accompanied her. The medical team was convinced we knew “best” while her daughter was determined that we were not going to take a single step that might conflict with her mother’s values. The stage was set for conflict.

Thu
23
Jul
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Why we should wear masks

It has been interesting to listen to the current discussion around wearing a mask that has been circulating throughout the nation over the past few months. The science is imperfect, we know that. Understanding the COVID-19 virus is a work in progress and our understanding is growing daily. What we know now is better than what was known a month ago and is certainly better than operating in the dark. Understanding of this virus is evolving and as a result, knowledge is continuously expanding. We need to consider the information that we have learned and apply it to protect the health and wellness of our families, our communities, and ourselves.

Thu
23
Jul
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Choosing healthy habits

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic with many people spending a lot of time at home, a wise friend told me that people will likely come out of this “a chunk, a hunk, or a drunk.” So, here we are four months later, and I have observed these outcomes in several of my patients. Some admit they have been drink

Some admit they have been drinking more, some say they have been snacking more, and thankfully, some have actually lost weight and have been eating healthier and exercising more. One man realized early on that he could not continue letting himself go. He started counting calories, lost 20 pounds, and is feeling great. He feels he has more energy to do the things he wants to do. He is not alone, and you can do it, too!

Thu
16
Jul
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Tolerance, freedom and finding common ground

Tolerance is defined as: “The willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” Can you imagine what our world would look like if we all practiced more tolerance? What kind of peace might we achieve in both our personal lives and our society at large, if we allowed more room for a diversity of opinions and viewpoints? What kind of progress might we> make if we focused on an ideology of ‘live and let live,’ spent less time squabbling and more time looking for common ground?

Thu
02
Jul
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Stray Thoughts: Woke

Many of the people around us are not “woke,” a slang term

for being actively aware of perceived injustices in our world.

Those who profess to be woke are charged with bringing the rest

of us to some form of awakening to a vast gamut of purported racial and social injustices in our midst, some of which are very real, and others which are only imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
02
Jul
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Sending out absentee ballot applications helps people safely exercise their civic duty

Though it has been months since the coronavirus pandemic first sent us all home in an effort to slow the spread of infection, COVID-19 still remains a serious threat for people both here in South Dakota and across the nation. As we all transition back to normal life, we need to be conscious of the risks this virus poses and take the proper precautionary steps to keep ourselves, and our communities, safe.

Thu
25
Jun
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LETTER

To the editor:

My hand felt heavy. I knew what I had to do, but I was having trouble making my pen actually write the word “no.” I think that’s how most of us felt Monday night (June 15) as we were forced to decide the fate of the 2020 Days of 1910 celebration.

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