From One Side Of The Cattle Guard To The Other

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …

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 …

Benefits

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …

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, …

For Keaton

In Prose by Teddy 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 easiest way,” she wrote. …

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Prepare For Failure, Embrace Success

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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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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 …

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 …

The Decolonization of Thanksgiving

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By Chance Carpenter Throughout nearly every child’s upbringing in the United States, there is almost always the proliferated, generalized retelling of the pilgrims and indians in the month of November, around the somewhat newly acquired holiday that is Thanksgiving. This holiday has come to take on a great deal of meaning in contemporary society, as fathers and mothers are given …

Strong Hearts To The Front

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By Alli Moran There is a reason why Tašunká Wítko (Crazy Horse) said: “Strong hearts to the front and weak hearts to the rear!” Right before they fought Custer and the U.S. Seventh Calvary in order to protect our children, our people, and the overall prosperity of our future generations. The government took our lands – our resources, divided our …