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By naming our data priorities, partners across Indian Country can collectively move the needle.

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Guest Opinion. Is the development of the carbon removal and greenhouse gas reduction industries offering Indian Country a compelling opportunity to take charge of its own economic destiny and to throw off Native reliance on the assistance of the federal government? Many Natives in economic development activities think so.

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I heard a Navajo song years ago that continues to hold an important lesson. As a board member for a regional Native professional association, we’d hired a young Navajo man to serve as our executive director. At our annual conference a few months later, he shared with the crowd how the subject matter of our association intimidated him because his formal studies had been in a separate field.

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Guest Opinion. The continuing failure of the United States to meet its stewardship and trust responsibilities is putting U.S. and tribal forests at risk of catastrophic loss from insects, disease, and wildfire. 

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Opinion. Fueled by the demands of hard-right House Republicans, the federal government appears to be heading towards a shutdown today at midnight, which marks the end of the federal government’s fiscal year.

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Guest Opinion. As a nation and global society, we are still recovering from two life altering events: a pandemic and the Trump presidency. While the memories of these events seem to fade with time, as a former tribal leader, I am here with a stark warning: We cannot forget Donald Trump's record, especially on tribal matters, or that of his supporters and enablers.

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Guest Opinion. Before I was Secretary of the Interior, or even a member of Congress, I was an organizer. With signs made on my kitchen floor with poster board and markers, I urged our leaders to act for and invest in Indian Country.  

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Opinion. Over the past few weeks, legislation that is important to Indian Country passed the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by Democrats who have a slight majority. Those bills are now heading to the U.S. House of Representatives, where Republicans have a slim majority.  

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Guest Opinion. What a difference a few months can make. At the start of this year we couldn’t have predicted that the health of the financial system would be right up there as a topic of conversation with the potential for a recession and inflation. 

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Opinion. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are a logical candidate to help tribes increase access to capital for carbon-dioxide removal and greenhouse-gas reduction, as there are currently dozens of them in place and they have access to several funding sources. But they tend to be on the small side, suggesting that a hybrid encompassing another type of financial institution may help.