This is my op-ed that was published in the Fargo Forum. They truncated my original op-ed and made it into a letter. The newspapers in Grand Forks and Fargo would very much like to see the whole Fighting Sioux issue go away but it's not going to.
I’m a member of the Missisquoi Abenaki in northern Vermont, through my grandmother, who was born in Québec. I’m also a UND graduate, class of 1980. But I don’t live in North Dakota; in fact, I’m an attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. So as I’m reading the letters regarding the Fighting Sioux issue, and the opinion piece from the Fargo Forum telling everyone to put the Fighting Sioux issue to bed, I feel compelled to speak out.
I love my Chevy van. I’ve watched each time as the odometer has clicked over nine times to reach 1 million miles. It now has 1,010,000 miles on it and she still runs as good as the day I bought her brand-new in 1976 from Central Chevrolet in Atlanta, Georgia.
Recently, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway announced it was furloughing a number of rail crews in the system as a result of a traffic slow down. Furloughing is the railroad term for layoff. I should know. I experienced furloughs firsthand 35 years ago.