“If you want to do great things, then you should concentrate not on what you want tobebut on what you want todo. You don’t have tobeanything specific thing to impact issues you care about…[assess] those things you want to impact, and then go do it.”-Keith Harper
In lieu of a new podcast episode this week, I thought it worthwhile to point you to a previous episode. Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council joined the show in 2015. Recent events compel me to share some thoughts on his work and the serendipity of the universe. He took the time to share his life experience and it’s worth a listen. Because Ambassador Harper is in a position to facilitate Chairman Archambault bring awareness of Standing Rock’s fight to the world stage.
The Plateau and the Big River
The response to assist Standing Rock’s effort to block the Dakota Access Pipeline (#noDAPL) has been strong. Thousands have circulated through the camp to help protect the Missouri River. These people have been on the front line of this effort. But the effort has included those that are not on the front line, but are working to help nonetheless. (Side note: they needn’t be mutually exclusive.) Lawyers are filing motions, exploring legal options, etc. Journalists are covering the events. There are those working to counter inaccurate narratives. There are people sending supplies. There are people educating their coworkers, neighbors, and others. Continue reading →
Welcome to 2015! I am excited to start the New Year with my interview with Ambassador Keith Harper. Many people will be familiar with the Ambassador and his work in Indian Country. For those of you not familiar, Mr. Harper is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He was confirmed in 2014 as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Many people also know his work on the Cobell case.
There is a lot of great information in this episode: from how to manage stress; making tough career choices; being a Native on the world stage; the advice that he did not receive when he was younger that he wish he had; and more.