Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'kevin abourezk'

Kevin Abourezk: Tribes hit by Daschle withdrawal

"Rachel Joseph didn't let the withdrawal of Tom Daschle as a nominee for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary slow her down this week. As disappointed as she was about Daschle's departure, she didn't let it stop her from speaking...

Kevin Abourezk: The Year of the Indian just starting

"Since the election of Barack Obama in November, an unfamiliar energy has infected the spirits of Native people across the country. The chairman of the Democratic Party's Native American Caucus described it as a sense of renewal, a hope for...

Kevin Abourezk: Be inspired by Obama inauguration

"In August, I joined thousands of journalists, politicos and young volunteers in Denver for the Democratic National Convention. As journalists for this Web site, Victor Merina, Jaime Hughes and I wrote stories about Native leaders who traveled to the convention...

Kevin Abourezk: Indian Country asks Obama for $5.4B

"It's a bold move. Asking the federal government for billions of dollars in taxpayer money to bail out a group of people suffering from the failing economy. Never mind the fact that, unlike the Wall Street brokers who dug themselves...

Kevin Abourezk: Looking back on a year in limbo

"The top news stories of the year: Barack Obama gets elected president, the economy slides deeper into recession, George W. Bush ends his final term as president. So, I got to thinking. What are the 10 top stories in Indian...

Kevin Abourezk: A bailout for Indian Country

"Mr. Chairman, now is the time for action on behalf of Indian Country. A collapse within Indian Country, which contributes 927,000 civilian workers age 16 and over to the U.S. workforce (compared to the mere 96,000 people employed by General...

Kevin Abourezk: Optimism on Indian health bill

"Rachel Joseph isn't ready to give up. For nearly a decade, the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone has been fighting for reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. "We've been at it for nine years," said Joseph, co-chair of the National...

Kevin Abourezk: Frank LaMere celebrates in January

"In less than two months, a black man will take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. He'll be the first of his race to do so under the watchful eyes of the Secret Service and the world. On the steps of...

Kevin Abourezk: Daschle's chance to prove it

"As a young man in college, I had an older Native friend, a mentor for whom I had the deepest respect, who often would tell me: "Prove it." Whether I was telling him about a college leadership position I had...

Kevin Abourezk: Stereotypes and Thanksgiving

"In two weeks, families across the country will sit down at tables covered with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. They'll get tired and fall asleep as the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys toss the pigskin on the boob tube....

Kevin Abourezk: Ceremony honors tribal veterans

"Those who understood his sacrifice showered Lt. Col. Tom Brewer with a plaque and an eagle feather when he returned from Afghanistan in 2004, seven bullet wounds to his body. Brewer, an Oglala Lakota, considers the gifts from the...

Kevin Abourezk: Means shifts sovereignty stance

"As Hurricane Ike beat up on Texas in mid-September, Russell Means watched as President Bush declared 29 Texas counties major disaster areas, making federal funds available for storm recovery. Means hopes to use that same tool to bring federal and...

Kevin Abourezk: Sen. Obama's Indian health plan

"Two weeks after Congress failed to pass important Indian health legislation, tribal and political leaders touted Sen. Barack Obama's plans to improve Indian health care Tuesday. "It's really a life or death conversation we need to be having," said Rosebud...

Kevin Abourezk: Honoring a Sioux Code Talker

"Few who knew Charlie Whitepipe knew anything about the months he lay in a hospital bed in New Guinea during World War II, sick and forced to watch his buddies sail away without him. Few knew about the young Rosebud...

Kevin Abourezk: Sarah Palin, we need to talk, OK?

"Sarah Palin, if you read this, e-mail me. It seems every time I turn around there's another e-mail in my inbox with more ugly things being said about you. Messages no doubt being disseminated to dozens, if not hundreds, of...

Kevin Abourezk: Do Native Republicans exist?

"Native Republicans? No, really. They exist. They're not some mythical creature in the same league as a Greek two-headed monster or an underwater Scottish dinosaur. They live, they breath and, guess what, they work to sway voters to their point...

Kevin Abourezk: Native people not waiting for apology

"In the Lakota way, the burning of sage is meant to clear away evil spirits. Sometimes words can have the same effect. On June 11, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a formal apology in the House of Commons for...

Kevin Abourezk: Lakota man a Democratic rising star

"Kevin Killer planned to follow in his father's footsteps. He wanted to become an accountant and had begun taking college classes to that end. Then fate intervened. On his way home to Denver from a conference, Francis Killer died suddenly...

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