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Promises broken - again.

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  It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.  ~Hubert H. Humphrey

Tadd Johnson quotes Hubert Humphrey when he's asked about the effect of the government shutdown on Indian Country.  Johnson spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives and became staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs.

"The tribes get hit particularly hard because of the unique responsibilities the United States has to the tribes as a result of the 'big real estate transaction' from the 19th century," he says.  "And those are ongoing promises by the United States to the Indian people.  There've been numerous times when they haven't been fulfilled and one of them is right now."

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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