Cultural Dreams Over Coffee and Tea

In Poetry by nativesinamerica

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 …

Challenge What You Learn, Challenge What You Teach

In Prose by nativesinamerica

By Talon Ducheneaux I remember being in third grade at a Nebraska school where I was probably one of two children of color, let alone children who were Native. I hated school at that point. I was bullied and outcasted quite often by the entire class, and I remember praying to Creator nearly every day for either an early-dismissal or …

Why We Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day: From Natives In America

In Prose by nativesinamerica

Some thoughts on today from our incredible team: “There’s a lot of pain that’s comes along with a holiday celebrating the genocide of my people, but there’s also a lot of power. There’s a pride and a power that comes from still existing, from having survived genocide, from knowing our cultures still continue to thrive. If we take a cue …

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Standing with Standing Rock Filled My Heart

In Prose by nativesinamerica

Rosalia Badhorse All my life, there has always been a small hole in my heart. This hole is a sense of emptiness I have felt in the realization that I am not the same kind of Indian my ancestors were; the kind of Indian that lived off the land and had a close relationship with all living things in the …

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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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Back To School

In Prose by nativesinamerica

By Kirsten Shaw Starting your first day of school can be nerve racking. Figuring out where your classes are. Worrying about where to sit for lunch, who to sit next to. The feeling that everyone is looking at you. This time last year I was packing up my bags and traveling three thousand miles to Sarasota Florida. A  touristy, sea …

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#UpToUs

In Prose by nativesinamerica

By Joey Montoya A week ago, I never would have thought I would be caravanning cross country to Philly. Towards the end of May, Calina Lawrence, Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, and myself organized a dialogue in San Jose, CA for the #BernieBusTour with Rosario Dawson, Kendrick Sampson, and Shailene Woodley in attendance. Over 20 Native students from local Bay Area Universities …

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Dear JK Rowling: We’re Still Here

In Prose by nativesinamerica

By Loralee Sepsey I remember the first time I picked up a Harry Potter book. I was seven years old. I was in the back of our old beat up Nova that would break down a minimum of five times a year. We were driving through the rez on our way somewhere, I don’t remember where, but what I do …

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Tanka Part One: Native Representations

In Prose by nativesinamerica

By Taylor Schad It’s mid-March, I’m in the cab of my family’s Ford pickup, my mom is driving and my older sister sits shotgun, across from me is my little sister or Tanka as we say in our Native language. She’s not so little anymore – at 6’2” she towers over the rest of our family, myself included. I’ve been …

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#NativeVoters

In Prose by nativesinamerica

By Kirsten Shaw I had the chance to stand behind Bernie Sanders with my mom and I felt so lucky. I had seen him speak in San Jose but wasn’t as focused as I was today. Standing behind Bernie literally and figuratively was so empowering. To be the next generation of voters was something that gets me excited. I’ve never got this …