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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 …