Benefits

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …

My First Counted Coup: 21st Century Style

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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, …

For Keaton

In Prose by Teddy 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 easiest way,” she wrote. …

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In Poetry by nativesinamerica

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

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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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The Invisible Representation

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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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Not In Our School

In Letters by nativesinamerica

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 …

Trend-Unsettling

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …

The Decolonization of Thanksgiving

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …

Strong Hearts To The Front

In Prose by nativesinamerica

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 …