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Dear America

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By Doris Nicole Brown Caution: if you take pride in America and it’s government and influences, click the back button because this may hurt your feelings. Yes, I am Native. But, I will no longer claim my nationality. I am not American, by choice. As you all know, Indian Country has been suffering for months to defeat the evil spirits …

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To All My Native Sisters

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By Mia Ritter-Whittle to all my native sisters,  i cannot gather enough words to explain my thankfulness for you. i think about you often, everyday. i write about you seldom, because i am afraid i cannot find the words to capture your beauty, strength, consistence.  english shows limits for bounds you do not know.  the simple elegance you radiate moves …

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Baa Nits’ínkees

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By Corey Ashley Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you called us savage and branded us uncivilized   Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you scorched the land and poisioned the water   Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you scribbled our treaties and determined our rights   Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you wrote …

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Word Warriors: An Interview with Maya Milk

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Tell us a little about yourself. I am currently a senior at Lake Roosevelt High School as well as a freshman at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington. I am also Sicangu Lakota Sioux and have learned The Lakota Way all my life and am extremely blessed to have so many great teachers in my life. I am almost 18 years …

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Native American History is NOW: Indian Country at Reddit

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By Ada Claire Indian Country began as a legal term of art: A series of fixed jurisdictional spaces codified by US Code. Locked to Tribes, or more specifically Tribal Governments (not their people), it was never intended to grow, but it was subject to much diminishment. Today, we take ownership of Indian Country through our subreddit site, /r/IndianCountry. (www.reddit.com/r/IndianCountry). The …

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Hear Our Voices, Uplift Our Stories: Why Native Americans Need More Allies

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Whether we like it or not, we live in a racial binary nation – discussions of “race relations” most often focus on “white people versus black people.” We also live in a settler-colonial nation, founded on stealing indigenous land and erasing the existence of the people who were there first. Because of this, Native Americans are always left out of …

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Mother

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By Kentaro Herder mother, bury me   there is only rain where i am only rain to dilute my tears showers of rain to wash the sand from my brown body   there is no sand where i am no sand to clump my tears not one to mend and blend the scars on my brown cheeks   sand deliver …

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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 …

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Culture Is Health

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By Karonhiakwe:kon Parker Just a little over six years ago, I left college and entered a training program to become an EMT (emergency medical technician).  I hated college.  I had just moved from my hometown of Kahnawa:ke, Quebec, a small Indian Reserve in Canada to Salt Lake City, Utah, and felt totally dissatisfied and alone.  I spent a lot of time …