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An Open Letter to President Obama from Natives In America

In Letters by nativesinamerica

Dear President Barack Obama, For the first time in 239 years of United States history, a President and First Lady visited a tribal reservation together. This was on June 13, 2014, where alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, you spoke to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. It was on this day that the center of the American political world listened to …

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Dear Stanford Administration

In Letters by nativesinamerica

By Leo John Bird Dear Provost Etchemendy and President Hennessy: I am so tired and sad. Weeks have gone by since the faculty senate’s decision to reaffirm Stanford’s commitment to Indigenous community, identity, dignity and space. Decades have gone by since students of color have advocated for decolonized spaces on campus. Spaces that directly challenge, silence, and work against various …

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A Letter To Mom

In Letters 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 it — so …

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A Letter To My Daughter

In Letters 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 falsehood. Indian is a stereotype. Indian is …

A Letter From The Editor To The Natives In America Team: Because Of You

In Letters by nativesinamerica

This letter is for the entire Natives In America writing team. Dear Team, Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, words that all of us as Native people in this country know well. The reason why we know it is because it’s often reported that our youth have the highest suicide rate in the country. I remember this especially today because …

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Not In Our School

In Letters by nativesinamerica

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 …