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To All My Native Sisters

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By Mia Ritter-Whittle to all my native sisters,  i cannot gather enough words to explain my thankfulness for you. i think about you often, everyday. i write about you seldom, because i am afraid i cannot find the words to capture your beauty, strength, consistence.  english shows limits for bounds you do not know.  the simple elegance you radiate moves …

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Baa Nits’ínkees

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By Corey Ashley Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you called us savage and branded us uncivilized   Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you scorched the land and poisioned the water   Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you scribbled our treaties and determined our rights   Baa Nits’ínkees… You did not understand So you wrote …

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Hear Our Voices, Uplift Our Stories: Why Native Americans Need More Allies

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Whether we like it or not, we live in a racial binary nation – discussions of “race relations” most often focus on “white people versus black people.” We also live in a settler-colonial nation, founded on stealing indigenous land and erasing the existence of the people who were there first. Because of this, Native Americans are always left out of …

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Mother

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By Kentaro Herder mother, bury me   there is only rain where i am only rain to dilute my tears showers of rain to wash the sand from my brown body   there is no sand where i am no sand to clump my tears not one to mend and blend the scars on my brown cheeks   sand deliver …

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Cultural Dreams Over Coffee and Tea

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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 …

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Culture Is Health

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By Karonhiakwe:kon Parker Just a little over six years ago, I left college and entered a training program to become an EMT (emergency medical technician).  I hated college.  I had just moved from my hometown of Kahnawa:ke, Quebec, a small Indian Reserve in Canada to Salt Lake City, Utah, and felt totally dissatisfied and alone.  I spent a lot of time …

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Challenge What You Learn, Challenge What You Teach

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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 …

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Standing with Standing Rock Filled My Heart

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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

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September 14, 2016 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 …

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