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  • Every Farm Counts

    Zachary Ducheneaux by: Zachary Ducheneaux
    In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and others, American Indians continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. The number of American Indian producers participating in the Census has increased tremendously since the questionnaire became the responsibility of the USDA in 1997, and especially since 2007 when every American Indian farm and ranch began reporting individually. But we still have a lot of work to do to get everyone represented in the data. Indian Country is faced with many challenges created by policy -- some of which was created without our input.

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  • We Can Make It Less Profitable To Traffic Opioids

    John Cassara by: John Cassara, Nathan Proctor
    The president will now declare what many of us experience first hand, the opioid epidemic is a national emergency.
      Frankly, with as many as 59,000 deaths in 2016, there doesn't seem to be any other possible description.
      So many dedicated people in cities and towns, faith communities and schools, families and hospitals are fighting to save lives and help people escape addiction.
      But there are also a lot of people working to keep illegal opioids on the streets.
      With 2.6 million opioid addicts in the United States, the scale of drug-running operations is immense, as are the profits.

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  • For Many, Living With Advanced Dementia Is A Fate Worse Than Death

    Kim Callinan by: Kim Callinan
    My grandmother, whom we called "Nana," always loved children. Many times, she asked me to give her great-grandchildren.
      In 2000, the moment finally arrived. But it didn't seem to matter. Eagerly, tenderly I lay my newborn son in her arms. She sat motionless, her eyes void. No expression whatsoever. I searched her face, desperately hoping to see some sign of joy...of recollection...of understanding. Nothing. Her eyes were vacant. She could not speak. She did not move.
      The reason? My nana had Alzheimer's disease. It was during this visit that I started to contemplate the quality of life and the certainty of death.

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  • Investing In Diversity

    Sonia Zarate by: Sonia Zarate
    On April 14, I joined thousands of people who took to the streets to join the March for Science. We united to reaffirm that science for the common good only happens when science is accessible to everyone. Our economy and the nation's scientific and technological advances depend on the strength of its contributions and that strength is amplified when the contributions are derived from a diverse group of people.
      And yet, many bright young minds who are committed to scientific and technological advances face an uncertain destiny under the threat of deportation. There are an estimated 241,000 DACA-eligible students enrolled in college as of 2014 and 800,000 current DACA recipients.

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Corporate Tax Cuts NOt Trickling Down To Workers

Frank Clemente by: Frank Clemente
Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt, and threaten ...

Jeff Sessions Wants To Shut The Doors On Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Yifat Susskind by: Yifat Susskind
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently made a surprise announcement: he will be reevaluating US asylum policy regarding survivors of domestic violence. A reversal of current policy would mean that ...

Wrapped In A Sea Of Plastic

Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
By now most of us have read that plastic, that incredibly useful product that all of us use every day, is fast becoming public enemy number one.
  We have been using plastics for decades ...

No Constitutional Equality Proves We Need The ERA

Dianne Post, J.D. by: Dianne Post, J.D.
When this country was founded, women had no rights. As late as 2010, then-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in an interview that women still don't. It wasnt until 1971 that the court ruled women ...

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What Does DACA Mean To Me? (by: Carlos Segovia) in the Apalachicola Times

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There's Still Time to Respond To The Census Of Agriculture (by: Rudy Arredondo, Lorette Picciano, Willard Tillman) in the Wahpeton Daily News

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