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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 …

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Cooking with All Native Ingredients: 5 Recipes

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By Ada Claire I’ve been focusing lately on trying to eat in-season, local foods. They’re cheaper, more plentiful, often more locally produced, and better for the local economy. This has led me on a journey of farmers market shopping sprees, baking my own breads, and canning my own jams amongst other efforts to keep the origins of the food I …

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Listening and Being Listened To

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By Talon Ducheneaux “Talon, are you diabetic?” She looked at me, class lecture ensuing. A chocolate in her hand, stereotype curiosity streaming from her lips and infiltrating my unwelcoming ears. I replied with a quick whisper, underneath the lecture that I, for some reason, didn’t want to disturb. “No.” I wanted to yell so much more, but this was all …

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7 Ways for Non-Natives to Empower Native People

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By Ada Claire A few months back, I was asked the following question: “Is there any way that I as a non-native can help indigenous people have the status they deserve?” I am so glad to see this question being asked. I think in large part due to the recent draw of media attention to the R*dskins controversy, native issues …

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Mixed: My Journey with Makeup and Ethnic Expectations

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 By Ada Claire Anyone who has spent any decent amount of time with me knows I literally never leave the house without makeup on. Makeup played a huge role in developing my self confidence as a teen as I struggled with my ethnic ambiguity, paler-than-it-should-be skin, one-step-below-afro hair, intense acne, and a lack of knowledge on how to tweeze eyebrows. …

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The Power of Elder Native Women

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By Kentaro Herder Imbalance is a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium.  Native American women have come to terms with the term imbalance over the years due to historical trauma that leads to health disparities, alcoholism, and domestic violence.  With genuine hearts, Native American women are able to lead their household in ameliorating the emotional and physical detriments that …

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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 …