Regarding Race Relations…Looking to the Future

Guest Commentary Published August 23, 2017 By Aaron A. Payment, Chairperson, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Ignorance is bliss and the justification/excuse: “some of my best friends are [Black, Indian, Asian, etc.]” ….probably isn’t going to cut it anymore. As a dark-skinned person and American Indian, I can attest to experiencing racism and discrimination directly. […]

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In Defense of Going to the White House to Meet with President Trump

Guest Commentary Published July 10, 2017 Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the following tribal leaders met at the White House with President Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry: Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation; Speaker LoRenzo Bates, Navajo Nation Council; Chairperson Jo Anne Battise, Alabama-Coushatta Tribe; Chief Gary Batton, Choctaw Nation; Chairman Luke Duncan, […]

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Join Me in Celebrating the Passage of the Affordable Care Act

Guest Commentary The Affordable Care Act has proven successful among the poorest of the poor in the United States. American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act. Right now […]

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Tribal Chairperson Aaron Payment: U.S. Senators are not Above the Law

Guest Commentary Tell your Senators to hold hearings on the President Obama’s nomination for U.S. Supreme Court Published February 29, 2016 Regardless of political ideology or party alligence, Americans recognize the importance of following the basic rules of government laid out in the U.S. Constitution. As President Ronald Reagan said in 1988 during the confirmation […]

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SUPPORTING SOBRIETY:  A Tribal Chairperson Should Set the Example

Guest Commentary In 1993, I chose to abstain from drinking alcohol to support my sister’s sobriety. You see, it is extremely difficult for one family member to get sober when all other family members live a lifestyle with alcohol. The benefit, however, has been mine as I have a sober sister and the spin off […]

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