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This Is Our Generation: My Request To The Decision Makers

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 By Whitney Sawney The question that gets asked the most often by policymakers is, “How do we understand Native Youth?” Unfortunately, our generation is faced with disheartening realities, like depression, addiction and high suicide rates. There seems to be a never-ending report of negative statistics, where Native youth are perceived to be just another number. The concept that is being …

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Finding My Identity As An Urban Indian

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Bozho, Makōns Itíbíwín Nijwaw ndezhnekas. Hello, my spirit name is Young Bear That Looks Twice and my English name is Collin Church. I am from Allegan, Michigan. Currently a junior at Michigan State University majoring in the interdisciplinary humanities with an emphasis on political science and American Indian Studies. I was raised on the countryside miles away from my tribe. Growing up, I was never aware of what it meant …

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Trend-Unsettling

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By Kirsten Shaw Native Americans: who are these people and what do you know about them? Some believe that Natives are savages and don’t have feelings. Many people think that they are “Redskins” or that they once helped the pilgrims out. Some think Natives are just a trend (how about we start trending #NativesAreCool?) – so cool that we as a …