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Yellow Bird: Indian reservation roads in desperate need of work (07/14)
"Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., held a Senate committee meeting in the tribal chambers of the Three Affiliated Tribes on July 8 in New Town, N.D. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss the transportation problems associated with the oil boom,...

Yellow Bird: Peace and harmony as Fighting Sioux nears end (06/04)
"As I stood among the hundreds of milling participants — many of them dressed for business, but some looking like they just came off the rigs — I was surprised to hear a loud conversation behind me about UND’s...

Yellow Bird: Indian Country will miss Senator Dorgan (02/05)
"My way of life has changed since I left Grand Forks. Where I used to have my car serviced in hours, it now takes days. One of my local friends smiled when she asked me what I missed most...

Yellow Bird: Reflecting on changes in tribal traditions (01/07)
"Indian culture and identity make important contributions, not only to our people but also to the rest of the nation and world. But when you look back down history’s long path, you can see that some of key aspects...

Yellow Bird: UND's legacy of Indian nurses (10/07)
"I’ve followed the nurses in the RAIN program for as long as I’ve been around the campus at UND. I’ve followed the careers of women from reservations who came from isolated, poverty-stricken areas where nursing for them was only...

Yellow Bird: It's time to retire 'Fighting Sioux' (09/17)
"Retire the “Fighting Sioux” nickname. Enough verbal stone throwing. American Indian people have a history of racial problems with our non-Indian neighbors. It wasn’t long ago when Indian people were followed around in stores because storekeepers thought we might...

Yellow Bird: Funeral for William Littleghost (08/13)
"William “Ambrose” Littleghost, in death, gave people one more cultural experience -– his very traditional funeral. Ambrose passed away Aug. 1. He lived on the Spirit Lake Nation reservation in North Dakota for most of his life with his...

Yellow Bird: Young warriors compete in challenge (07/01)
"Montana is fast becoming the new Minnesota for me. It’s right next door to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The Three Affiliated Tribes have a close relationship with many of the tribes in Montana. And last week, I spent...

Yellow Bird: A tale from the Fort Berthold Reservation (06/03)
"Readers who live in New York or Dallas may not believe the tale I am about to tell, and even people in my former hometown of Grand Forks may have their doubts. But I like to think of this...

Yellow Bird: Honoring last fluent Mandan speaker (05/27)
"At UND’s 121st commencement ceremony on May 16, Edwin Benson, Mandan tribal elder, received an honorary doctor of letters degree. Benson will now be added to the list of recipients of honorary degrees, a list that includes famed heart...

Yellow Bird: Going back home to the reservation (05/20)
"After several weeks of pulling up some deep-set roots in Grand Forks, I transplanted myself into new soil, and my spirit is beginning to take root here in New Town. It’s a different experience that I admit I didn’t...

Yellow Bird: Starting a new chapter in life (03/23)
"On March 12, I started a new chapter in my life. Although I had planned to move home this summer, my plans were moved up by three months when I was laid off along with eight other Herald employees....

Yellow Bird leaves North Dakota newspaper (03/12)
Dorreen Yellow Bird has left The Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota but will continue to publish a weekly column. Yellow Bird, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, was a reporter and columnist for the paper....

Yellow Bird: Blizzard Coyote howls once again (03/11)
"In my apartment on Tuesday, it seemed as if the wind was using the fireplace chimney like a whistle and blowing a weird, sad song. Blizzard Coyote showed mid-January strength and made me wish for spring. Yet such blizzards...

Yellow Bird: Bad economic news hits North Dakota (03/09)
"The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota incident was, for me, the straw that broke the camel’s back. Before this sentence gets edited out, I add that the Blues (with their much-talked-about reward junket for top salespeople to...

Yellow Bird: Rae Ann Red Owl a woman on the move (03/05)
"One of my perks as a journalist is getting to know the remarkable people in our area — one of them being Rae Ann Red Owl. As she and I talked, I followed her amazing journey from the Pine...

Yellow Bird: Commonalities in Indian Country (02/25)
"Yesterday I had a phone conversation with a reader from Grand Forks. She suggested in a good way that a new name might be the “Fighting Spirits,” because that could mean anyone — Native American, Norwegian, German, animals and...

Yellow Bird: Smoking and alcohol at casinos (02/23)
"There is smoking in all of the casinos. I know of no Indian casino that is smoke-free. Shootting Star does have a nonsmoking area, as I’ve mentioned in other columns, and seems to do well. Seven Clans, on the...

Yellow Bird: The world needs a healthy doughnut (02/18)
"“A good doughnut that’s good for you”: Now, that’s a contradiction in terms. And those of us who struggle to find foods that are healthy, low in calories and taste really good wonder if this North Dakota baker knows...

Interview: Senator Chairman Richard Marcellais (02/16)
Dorreen Yellow Bird of The Grand Forks Herald interviews Richard Marcellais, the chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and a senator for North Dakota. "Q. Am I correct in saying you are the first person to...

Yellow Bird: The only real Indians are Germans (02/16)
"My sister called me a few days ago. “There’s a lecture coming on campus up that claims some group is ‘The Only ‘Real’ Indians,’” she said. She was jumping up and down for me to attend. Then she went...

Yellow Bird: Getting through the economic drought (02/11)
"As the national stimulus package makes it way through Congress, I wonder where it all will end. With the current situation in mind, I made the mistake of doing a little reading about the Great Depression. Are there similarities?...