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A Letter To My Daughter

In Letters by Cara Forbes

December 15th, 2015 Dear Naomi, I want you to know that you are not an Indian. You are something so much more refined and profound than Indian. My dear, you are Cherokee. Tsalagi. Keetoowah. One of the Real and Principle People. You see, Naomi, an Indian (at least to your mother) is a falsehood. Indian is a stereotype. Indian is …

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It’s Time

In Prose by Doris Brown

I am a student at Norwich University which is a  small, very small, college in Vermont. The demographic here is not the best, but it’s manageable. I have seen/met only four Natives. It’s sad, to be honest, because I walk around getting the same question– “What are you?”; and when I answer, I get the same response– “No way, you …

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Word Warriors: An Interview with Whitney Sawney

In Word Warriors by nativesinamerica

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Whitney Sawney. I am currently a student at the University of Arkansas, studying International Relations and Political Science. I’m so excited because I GRADUATE IN DECEMBER!! It’s been a long journey for me personally, but I couldn’t be more grateful for the challenges that college has presented because it makes it …

Imagine Your Long Life Dream Ending…

In Prose by nativesinamerica

By Justin Susan Imagine your long life dream ending… Where do you go? Who do you tell? How do you begin again? Time never stops. Never. As a young child I realized that important fact. The simple fact that time does not stop, or does not come to a halt. Some may say, “Oh, in this particular moment, time literally …

Word Warriors: An Interview With NIA Contributor Talon Bazille Ducheneaux

In Word Warriors by nativesinamerica

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Talon Bazille Ducheneaux. I’m a proud member of the Cheyenne River Sioux and Crow Creek Sioux tribes, I also have a lot of connection with the Rosebud Sioux tribe, where I went to high school. I grew up kind-of bouncing back and forth between schools and reservations, and while I did …

A Letter From The Editor To The Natives In America Team: Because Of You

In Letters by nativesinamerica

This letter is for the entire Natives In America writing team. Dear Team, Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, words that all of us as Native people in this country know well. The reason why we know it is because it’s often reported that our youth have the highest suicide rate in the country. I remember this especially today because …

For Native America

In Poetry by nativesinamerica

By Aliyah Chavez I grew up on the Santo Domingo Pueblo reservation completely sheltered from the problems that plague Indian country. I grew up always taught to embrace my culture and learned my duties as a Pueblo woman from my grandmother. It was there where I learned the beauty of being Indian and henceforth, knew I have a responsibility to …

Pride

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …

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

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …