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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Love I Learned From Dr. King

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By Talon Ducheneaux Hau, mitakyapi, I want to start by saying pilamaya yelo, thank you, for everyone and everything that granted me permission to be here and speak today. I find myself waking up to this thought more and more each morning: “I shouldn’t be here.” I plan on showing you that this thought actually has a positive connotation behind …

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Naat’aanii

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By Kentaro Herder  I have a favorite place. A place where I breathe in all that is beautiful, magnificent, and golden. The air is crisp. Calmly, my lungs expand with the morning breeze that picks up the red sand. Quietly, I can feel blood coursing through my body as I watch the veins of my hometown, Kayenta, and the surrounding …

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My Journey With Hip Hop

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By Talon Ducheneaux ​Without music, I don’t think I would have made it this far in life. That’s a bit dramatic and cliché isn’t it? Allow me to explain. ​My name is Talon Bazille Ducheneaux. I am 21 years old, studying psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia). I am a proud Lakota and a proud Dakota. There are …