A Young Native American’s Journey From Jail To Award-Winning Film Actor — Lessons In How To Help Our Struggling Youth

July 10th, 2016
Young man looking to the sky

[Note: This article was published 7/01/2016 in the Huffington Post] “I have been in trouble for drinking, selling weed and beating up people since I was fourteen, and by the age of sixteen I was already in jail.” That was Wendell Mills Jr.’s life up until a year ago. In July of last year, two months after his release from a six month term in juvenile detention, his life unexpectedly took a new direction. Wendell, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) in

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Leaders Must Understand and Empathize With People’s Needs to Defeat Radical Fear- and Anger-Mongering

July 10th, 2016
Robert F. Kennedy in Memphis

[Note: This article was published 5/20/2016 in the Huffington Post]People’s anger and frustration, both in the U.S. and around the world, has reached a critical point. Too many of our leaders seem unable to solve such monumental challenges as global terror, regional wars, poor mental health, drug abuse, climate change, social conflicts, and the growing educational and economic divide. This discord reveals an underlying lack of leadership and understanding of how to address these unprecedented domestic and global issues. For example, the late Helmut Schmidt,

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Overcoming Worldwide Employee Engagement Crisis by Engaging the Heart

March 14th, 2016
Disengaged Employees

[Note: This article was published 3/10/2016 in the Huffington Post] Worldwide, only 13% of employees working for an organization are engaged, according to a January 2016 Gallup report. This is shocking because it means that nearly 9 out of 10 people are unhappy or even completely disengaged at work, which has significant negative consequences for employees, organizations and for society as a whole. For employees, suffering at work can lead to increased depression and substance abuse, and may also affect their relationships. For organizations, lack

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PRONTO Team Strives to Save Millions of Babies and Their Mothers: An Example of Scaling Innovation in Health Care

February 15th, 2016
PRONTO International, Bihar, India

co-authored by Reiner Lomb and Udaiyan Jatar(published Feb. 12, 2016 on the Huffington Post. For the entire post, click on the link below) This is about how a passionate group of doctors, midwives and nurses are transforming themselves so they can transform the world. They are the founders of PRONTO International, a nonprofit that invented an effective, simulation-based solution for training medical staff to save the lives of mothers and babies during birth emergencies. PRONTO’s training approach is unique in that they have created a

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“Escape” Shows Harsh Reality of Native American Youth – Best Student Film at LA SKINS FEST

December 11th, 2015
UMUT Youth at 2015 LA Skins Fest

(published Dec. 10, 2015 on the Huffington Post. For the entire post, click on the link below) “OMG! We won Best Student Film‬‬‬‬ at the LA SKINS FEST!” was the enthusiastic reaction from Beverly Santicola. Beverly is a co-executive producer of the film, “Escape,” the first film ever produced by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) Youth. The UMUT Youth wrote, performed, directed and produced the film in partnership with Alex Munoz, founder and creative director of Films by Youth Inside (FYI). The film first

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Native American Youths Transform Tribal Community by Reconnecting with Cultural Roots — A Strength- and Passion-based Education Approach

August 23rd, 2015
Ute Mt Youth

Imagine you are a young person living in a community where the poverty rate is 40%, where alcoholism, tobacco use and juvenile crime are rampant, and your community is overwhelmed by many other health, social and economic issues. Just for a moment, put yourself in the shoes of that young person trying to grow up in such a community. You might feel hopeless or even depressed thinking about your future. This is the situation facing many of the children and teenagers who are members of

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Catching the Dream of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe — A Glimmer of Hope in a Native ‘National Emergency’

July 19th, 2015
ChairmanHeartUteMountainUteTribe

“When Chairman Heart of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe gave us the Dreamcatcher at the end of the retreat, I felt like I had just won a lifetime achievement award! I think this event may have changed my life forever,” said Beverly Santicola, the organizer of the Ute Mountain Native National Partnership Retreat. I had the honor of facilitating this retreat with my colleagues on April 6-10, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. I share Beverly’s emotions about this retreat because its outcomes provide a glimmer of

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We Shall Overcome… by Finding Meaning

May 21st, 2015
Meaning - We Shall Overcome

I will never forget the image of my father’s body lying peacefully in his casket. His face is pale and the remaining hair on his head is snow white. I could still feel the presence of his spirit, a spirit that carried him through life and made him what he was: a man who never gave up no matter what. At that moment, I asked myself, “What was the secret of my father’s life? What was the source of his will power, his determination, and

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