Books for the new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school in Leech Lake, MN
For years I fought for the funds to replace the disgracefully decrepit Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. We got it done, and the new school is a beautiful modern facility. The old school’s library literally consisted of two bookcases. The new library has the capacity for 20,000 books. Please click READ MORE to learn how to help.
A Conversation with Karen Diver (Audio)
I spoke with Karen Diver, former Chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa and President Obama’s lead advisor on Indian Affairs. Karen speaks to our nation’s shameful treatment of America’s first people. And of the challenges facing them today. But, at the top, I tell the story of my First Pow Wow.
Claire Frances Franken
Franni and I were blessed yesterday with our fourth grandchild, Claire Frances Franken. Claire is named for my grandmother, Clara Franken, and for Franni and for Franni’s mom Frances Bryson. Clara Oppenheimer was a German immigrant who came to this country in the 1880’s. She married Otto Franken who died…
What about losing 40 seats in the House Don’t you Understand?
Democrats won back the House majority in the 2018 midterms, picking up 40 seats and beating Republicans by a total of 8.6 million votes nationwide, our largest margin since the 1974 post-Watergate midterms. Why? Health care. By a nearly two-to-one margin, voters leaving the polls said that health care was…
Pretty much everyone agrees that right after someone dies, it’s very bad form to say something bad about them. That’s why it’s admirable that Donald Trump waited a full seven months to say horrible things about John McCain. First of all, and I know most Americans feel this way, it’s…
About a month ago, Judy Keen, a political writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune asked me to comment on how Paul Wellstone would feel about so many of his issues being adopted by Democrats running for President this cycle. I sat down and just started writing about Paul and sent her this.