We support Dreamers

There is a cruel edge to President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In the aftermath of national tragedies like Charlottesville and Hurricane Harvey, it is unconscionable that this Administration would increase the vulnerability of another 800,000 souls in our country, for no clear purpose. This move harms many while shoring up the political conviction of a few. It abandons the children who have grown up in American communities, attended schools here, served in the military, joined the workforce, and who know no other home than the United States.  It undermines economic growth in communities whose futures are tied to the social and economic resources supplied by immigrant residents. 

Congress has six months to create a new way forward to protect young people whose parents brought them to the United States. Rural America has a huge stake in this fight to create more humane and effective immigration policy.

Rio Grande reflections

Taneum Fotheringill shares her reflections on traveling to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas — and how it changed her understanding of a region often misunderstood by outsiders.

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A new series from the Rural Assembly to explore health disparities in rural communities​

The Rural Assembly is kicking off a series of blog posts which will explore the challenges faced by rural citizens with chronic health conditions, the consequences of limited healthcare access, and the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to bridge this healthcare gap. By addressing the unique challenges faced by these individuals, we can work towards building a healthcare system that is inclusive, efficient, and responsive to the diverse needs of all citizens. Bridging the healthcare gap is not just a matter of policy: it is a commitment to the well-being and dignity of every individual, regardless of where they call home.

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Drawing Resilience: Autumn Cavender

Wicanhpi Iyotan Win (Autumn Cavender) is Wahpetunwan Dakota and a midwife from Pezihutazizi K’api Makoca (Upper Sioux Community). Autumn is finding new ways to see, visualize and encode designs using traditional Dakota aesthetic and design processes. Her current practice explores quillwork Dakota methodology and its applications through ancestral, digital, and generative technologies.

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