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Voices of Native Youth: Not Just Another Blog

“Tell me why you think Native youth don’t succeed.” “What do you mean?” a student asked. “Well, only 17% of Native Americans finish college. The unemployment rate on the Rez is about 43%. Why? Just list things that you think prevent Native youth from finding success.” They looked at each other and one by one started offering reasons. “Drugs.” “Alcohol.” “The schools on the Rez suck.” “Poverty.” I wrote each answer on the whiteboard, using smaller and smaller handwriting to…

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Why I Won’t be Watching the Super Bowl this Year

What does the Super Bowl have to do with the word ‘convenient?’ Good question. I hesitate to admit it, but it has taken me this long to figure out that the entire world doesn’t skate around in the same rosy glow of privilege that I enjoy. After all, I’ve always considered that as a woman, I was an underdog and therefore excluded from the ‘privileged’ label. Misogynistic men chap my hide, and I speak up and speak out about the…

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Self-Care Tips for the Creative Soul

by Amy Odland Ahhhh, the new year is here: 2019, with its hopes and dreams of what could be.  We are well into January by now. Have you chosen your word for the year or made your list of resolutions? Tackled the latest decluttering challenge AND started going to the gym again?  There is nothing like January and all its perkiness about changing our behaviors to make you feel horrible about the way you care for yourself. Why is it…

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How to be a Better Grandparent

I’ll admit, having a grandson for 2.5 years probably doesn’t make me an expert in grandparenting. But I have learned a thing or two along the way. Being a better grandparent begins with being a better parent. When your children grow up enough to get married or get pregnant (no matter what the order), it’s time for you to release them. They turn into friends and you get to forget that you ever changed their dirty diapers and used to…

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