Category Archives: Essays

An Open Letter to the Heartland: Let’s Protect the Sacred Together

A few weeks ago, a Gathering to Protect the Sacred from the Keystone XL Pipeline took place between Natives and non-Natives from across the continent on the Ihanktonwan (Yankton) homelands near Wagner, SD. Our friend Phyllis Cole-Dai from Fast for … Continue reading

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Guest column: School-to-prison pipeline needs to be rerouted!

This writer has written several columns about the School –to-Prison (STP) pipeline, also called the Cradle-to-Jail. It has led to too many minority and poor students being  placed almost directly into detention, too often leading to prison.  The STP has … Continue reading

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Guest post: Expand Medicaid, Support HB1205

[Note: for more info on the proposed Medicaid expansion, see our earlier post on this issue.] There is an article in today’s Argus Leader about the shortfall in pay to nursing homes by the State of SD for Medicaid patients. … Continue reading

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Why Fast for the Earth?

Idle No More has not been idle. Today, Monday 28 January, 2013,  they have called for a global day of action “to peacefully protest attacks on Democracy, Indigenous Sovereignty, Human Rights and Environmental Protections when Canadian MPs return to the … Continue reading

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Justice Is a Process (for Brother Martin)

For MLK Day 2013, in honor of a real drum major for peace and justice, we offer something a bit different: a poem. This one’s for Brother Martin… Justice is a process It’s not a nonsense syllable incanted into the … Continue reading

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Sister Gabriella: Powertech’s cost too high

[Note: the following also appeared also appeared as a letter to the editor today in the Argus Leader today (1/17/2013).] I am disturbed to read that a Canadian company, Powertech, is seeking to mine uranium near Edgemont in western South … Continue reading

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Does inequality hurt the rich too?

Rodney Gist, a retired Methodist pastor in Sioux Falls and longtime member of the South Dakota Peace & Justice Center, published a great piece in the Argus Leader this past weekend, on the relationship (or lack thereof) he’s observed between … Continue reading

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