Whitehead served at Omaha Beach as well as in the State Department, and he made his mark on New York City on occasions too numerous to count. He lived long and well, and deserves all the accolades we can offer up.
"I want to help people!" Maya's* brow wrinkles with frustration as her story tumbles out in fits and starts. Her parents want her to focus on building the skills to run their family business, but she is intent on studying Sociology.
We have set the tone in the district over the past several years with a motto of "we are DCPS and we can do this." Over the coming weeks, our students will take the Aspen Challenge head on, and I am going to be squarely in their corner cheering them on.
Cynics will point out that while Aetna may be a first mover in the health care industry, the total cost of Bertolini's announcement is chump change. Aetna's profits weigh in at about $2 billion per year.
As Native Americans, we are still connected to our cultures and our traditions, but we live in modern society and the world needs to understand and respect that. Native Americans are not frozen in time; we are not tragic statistics and we are not worn out caricatures. That is not our narrative.
Being born into poverty is more than just the circumstance of not having enough money to buy food or other material items, it is about not understanding why a clear glass of water can cause a child to die of diarrhea or why disease is not caused by spirits.
The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has been the foundation for American leadership in the world. That world still needs American leadership. But that leadership does not just require a strong armed forces.
The "National Service Coin" could symbolize the connective tissue our civil society needs, and could weave together important personal service narratives for the young men and women we need in order to sustain our great Republic.