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A Letter From Our Founder

In Press Release by Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

Dear Natives In America family, Three years ago, I decided to start a platform dedicated to Native youth voices, where their stories could be told unapologetically and without censoring. I knew there was nothing like it that existed, and hoped it would move into the future as a source of knowing for those wondering who we were as Indigenous people …

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A New Chapter

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By Kirsten Red Shirt-Shaw Today marks a new chapter in my life.  I feel like I have marked way too many at this point.  Although for some odd reason this one seems slightly comforting.  When I was originally applying for college I was looking at art focused-ones only.  I skipped over places like Cal (University of California, Berkeley) or U.A. (University of Arizona) and …

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Atsimoihkan: A Poetry Collection

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By Piitohsoowatsis Leo John Bird Foreword Atsimoihkan means prayer and is often talked about in terms of apaitapiisin, way of life. For me prayer has been something in my life that I have always felt sure about. Some of my first memories revolve around my immersion school class learning our prayers in our language. To this day when I pray, …

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It’s Not the Same, as Notre Dame

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By Justin Susan I never knew much about the big controversial debate over the Washington Redskin’s name. As I grew older, I started to hear different point of views from all sorts of people. I listened to ideologies from Redskin fans and from Native Americans fighting to change the name. All interesting opinions and one thing I always try to …

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Massacres of November

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By Kaden Walksnice It’s 4:30am November 25th 2015 and I’m awake trying to hustle around before I get on the road to Eads, Colorado at 6:30am because the weather report says we will be driving through a blizzard in northern Wyoming. As I sit here in my room, I’m continuously looking over at a box sitting on the end of …

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Intersectionality of Native Identity and Systemic Oppression

In Prose by Celeste Kimimila Terry

“Indeed, today it is popular to be an Indian. Within a decade it may be a necessity.” Vine Deloria Jr., Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact Vine was onto something when he wrote this passage because as we are amidst climate change crisis and other environmental crises, indigenous cultures seem to be most in …

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Our Blood Pulses Resistance

In Poetry by Abaki Beck

By Abaki Beck My grandmother once told me she was a class bully at the government run school that punished her for being Blackfeet and buried her classmates on the school grounds She told me she spoke back to teachers and had to be punished The same school trained my uncle to be a butcher trained him to be a …

Cultural Dreams Over Coffee and Tea

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By Kentaro Herder I just talked to my mom on the phone and I asked her about the one gray cow on the rug my grandma wove and why the others are red. She just laughed and said it’s beautiful and interesting to wonder what her silly mind thought of. Now I’m sitting here trying to interpret the love my …

Challenge What You Learn, Challenge What You Teach

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By Talon Ducheneaux I remember being in third grade at a Nebraska school where I was probably one of two children of color, let alone children who were Native. I hated school at that point. I was bullied and outcasted quite often by the entire class, and I remember praying to Creator nearly every day for either an early-dismissal or …

Why We Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day: From Natives In America

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Some thoughts on today from our incredible team: “There’s a lot of pain that’s comes along with a holiday celebrating the genocide of my people, but there’s also a lot of power. There’s a pride and a power that comes from still existing, from having survived genocide, from knowing our cultures still continue to thrive. If we take a cue …