Standing Rock:  Template for resistance

Eliida Lakota stands before flags of more than 90 Native Nations flying in defiance of the Dakota Access Pipeline route across Indian lands and under the Missouri River. Lakota traveled to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to pray with the protesters, to learn and to assist with operation of the encampment. Despite a wind chill of 45 below zero, about 500 campers remain, including veterans from around the country.

BY ELIIDA LAKOTA Editor’s note: Donald Trump may try to overturn the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Native American Tribal Leaders may demand protesters leave the Standing Rock encampment before spring flooding,…

Protesting factory farms 

Karen Hudson works at her desk in her rural Peoria County home. After two years of legal haggling, a contempt of court charge against Hudson was summarily reversed by the Fourth District Appellate Court. The charges against Hudson stemmed from allegations by representatives of a CAFO that was in court over nuisance complaints. The contempt of court charge against Hudson was then used as justification to declare a mistrial.

BY BILL KNIGHT Karen Hudson has had brushes with fame – and the law – but days after the 20th anniversary of her increased involvement with sustainable agriculture, the 61-year-old Peoria County resident stresses that she’s an everyday person and…

Gut health linked to disease, obesity

Yajing Song and Peter Gyarmati examine equipment set up in their new research lab at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. They study the gut microbiome and its links to cancer and other diseases.

BY CLARE HOWARD Two medical researchers who arrived at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in August dream of fighting disease and boosting immunity by restoring balance to the gut microbiome. Long-held assumptions about the human gut…

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Time is now for a bold vision for infrastructure plus bold funding  To compete on a global scale and provide our citizens with the quality of life we have come to expect, the United States must have first-rate infrastructure. This…

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What’s right with Peoria   I’m old and growing older. One of the few benefits of old age is we know what life was like years ago and see what it is today. Others can not. Peoria was different in…

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Few people reside on their ancestral land; few live where they believe their religious faith originally preferred. If they did, more Mormons would populate Illinois, and a lot more Native Americans would demand a return of property throughout the state…

Open Letter to Peoria Dear Mayor Ardis and Peoria City Council Members:  Peoria should become a sanctuary city. There are two compelling factors why we should; the first is moral. Contrary to what some fake news sites indicate, sanctuary cities…

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Six Brockman Women Travel to Women’s Rally for Rights On Jan. 21, six women from my family, aged 16 to almost 60, joined with 500,000 others from across the nation to march in Washington, D.C. We marched in solidarity with…

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February is Black History Month in a Divided Nation BY ASHLEY M. MILLER Ashley Miller is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and currently practices law in Peoria. Black History Month 2017 is coming on the heels of a…

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The Worth and Dignity of Every Person One of the core teachings of virtually all of our religious traditions and our secular democratic tradition as well is the idea that every person has worth and dignity. Democracy really cannot function…

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January 20, 2017, a date that will go down in… you decide! As I write, there is a soon-to-be-inaugurated, new President leaving Blair House and traveling to St John’s Church for a morning church service. The service is closed to…

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Valuable Insights Relearned During 12 Difficult Days Even with only the most basic medical knowledge acquired through the years, I often rely on self-diagnosis. If the condition of my hair or house is disconcerting to me, or I’m bothered that…

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Political caucuses for the Republican and Democratic parties were held on the evening of Dec. 6 for the upcoming township elections on April 8. The following will be running for office on April 8: Township supervisor, Sharon Kennedy; township clerk,…

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In 2008, a ballot referendum passed with 72 percent approval to improve the library facilities throughout the Peoria Public Library system. Evidenced by this action, voters in Peoria made a public statement that all Peorians should have equal access to…

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The miseducation of the Negro: How minorities and those from poor socioeconomic status are constantly betrayed by the educational system Go to school, learn and work your way out of the ghetto! Those are words of inspiration that poor children,…

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A distinguishing characteristic of contemporary art is that it reveals subjects either socially marginalized or sub rosa. Many artists believe art has a moral responsibility to do so. Art that advocates for the rural, but is formally and conceptually rigorous…