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A Letter To Mom

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By Teddy McCullough Growing up, everyone has an idol, role model, or superhero. For most of my life, that person had been my Grandma Joyce. She inspired me; instilled my love of politics and public service; and imparted advice, wisdom and life skills. She made such a profound impact on my life that I believed no other person could match …

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Word Warriors: An Interview with Kirsten Shaw

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Tell us a little about yourself. I love photography, every chance I get I try to take photos outside with my camera. My biggest inspiration when it comes to photos is Ansel Adams. The way he took photos of the mountains is so beautiful and inspiring. A year or so ago I had the opportunity to go to Yosemite and …

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Word Warriors: An Interview with Joey Montoya

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Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Joey Montoya, I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. I currently live in San Jose, CA where I am studying advertising and graphic design at San Jose State University. What was your proudest accomplishment this year? This year has been a good year for not only me, but Urban …

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A Letter To My Daughter

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Photo by Leslie Frempong By Cara Forbes December 15th, 2015 Dear Naomi, I want you to know that you are not an Indian. You are something so much more refined and profound than Indian. My dear, you are Cherokee. Tsalagi. Keetoowah. One of the Real and Principle People. You see, Naomi, an Indian (at least to your mother) is a …

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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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It’s Time

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  By Doris Brown I am a student at Norwich University which is a  small, very small, college in Vermont. The demographic here is not the best, but it’s manageable. I have seen/met only four Natives. It’s sad, to be honest, because I walk around getting the same question– “What are you?”; and when I answer, I get the same …

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Word Warriors: An Interview with Whitney Sawney

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Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Whitney Sawney. I am currently a student at the University of Arkansas, studying International Relations and Political Science. I’m so excited because I GRADUATE IN DECEMBER!! It’s been a long journey for me personally, but I couldn’t be more grateful for the challenges that college has presented because it makes it …

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Imagine Your Long Life Dream Ending…

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By Justin Susan Imagine your long life dream ending… Where do you go? Who do you tell? How do you begin again? Time never stops. Never. As a young child I realized that important fact. The simple fact that time does not stop, or does not come to a halt. Some may say, “Oh, in this particular moment, time literally …

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Pride

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By Justin Susan I guess the problem with pride is that it can hold wonderful moments from you. When you’re depressed or perhaps angry you fill yourself with pride. Trust me, I’ve experienced anger many times and in those moments I hold a deep stubborn pride within me. Now don’t get me wrong, pride can be good, however, in my …

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From One Side Of The Cattle Guard To The Other

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By Kentaro Herder I was able to go home for a short while in June after my first year in school and it was nice, familiar, but it was all too much the same.  Change is still needed.  And as Natives in America, we must continue to strive for change.  Positive change. Earth, the moon, the stars, and everything in …

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It’s The Only Thing That’s Made Me Feel Accepted: Culturally Immersive Programming for Native American/ Alaska Native Students

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By Dahlton Brown (This article is an overview of a Stanford University Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis, available for download here) When I began my freshman year at Stanford University, I knew what I wanted; I had it all planned out. I was going to major in Native American Studies with a focus in Economic Development. That plan was based on my …

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Benefits

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By Talon Ducheneaux “The following was written in direct reaction to a situation faced a few weeks ago, without much edits or grammatical hesitation in order to keep the reality flowing.” – Talon So I’m running some errands around campus for my summer work-study job today, and this Caucasian guy (I only point his identity because he felt the need to point to mine) comes …

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For Keaton

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By Teddy M. McCullough On April 8, I was on my way to the White House for a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama on the importance of investing resources in Native American youth when I got a text via Facebook from my mom. “I have very bad news, and it seems awkward to tell on Messenger, but it’s the …

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My First Counted Coup: 21st Century Style

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By Rosalia Badhorse When I walked across the stage to collect my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration on May 17, 2015, I counted my first coup! For those who don’t know, “counting coup” refers to the winning of prestige against an enemy, which was traditionally practiced by warriors of the plains tribes. More specifically, counting coup involves touching an enemy, …

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By MC Rhetorik She held higher than the sum of queens and kings above human beings, she can only be described as celestial being, only concerned with truly being, truly living free brings mortal men to their knees she’s the stream to the sea of bliss follow her..she walks amongst the mist brings warmth hence forth when she leads don’t …

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Prepare For Failure, Embrace Success

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By Kentaro Herder I came from the top of my cohort at Monument Valley High School, on my reservation, graduating with a class of about 147 students, mostly all Navajo.  Two months after, I am enrolled at the University of Arizona with 42,236 students.  Let me narrow it down further, for those 42,236 students, only about 337 are Native American. …

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Not In Our School

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By Kirsten Shaw Dear Class of 2015, I’m not an angry person normally but I would like to bring attention to lunch today! I’m Native American from my mom’s side and today I saw a prom asking that far crossed the line. I don’t know the name of the asker, but all I know is that he wore a fake …

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The Invisible Representation

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By Nikwich Wright Stanford University prides itself on how diverse and multi-cultural the campus and the students are. I beg to differ, especially with the current severed ties from Divesting from Israel. This problem has always been occurring within the Native American Community throughout this past academic year, where the play “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” almost happened but changed once …