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Not just another blog--but a blog by Native youth about Native youth. You'll learn what it's like to grow up between two cultures. #nativeamerican #nativeyouth #student #ownvoices

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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The Need to Fight for Faith and Equality

You shouldn’t read this book…or maybe you should. It made me question a lot of my worldviews and how I see myself. Am I a feminist? A personist? Why do we still need to fight for faith and equality? What has the church been doing all this time? #sexism #racism #womensordination #patriarchy #complementarianism #headship #socialjustice #equality #bookreview

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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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Sex Scandals in American History: Have We Learned Anything?

Bringing Down the Colonel Trigger Warning: This post deals with a book about sexual predation that reveals one the biggest sex scandals in American history. Before I get to the book review, you should understand a few things about human psychology—bits and pieces that help guide us as we discuss sexual assault,rape, and harassment. You also need to know a few things about me.  Let me just state up front that I have nothing against men. I married a wonderful…

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How Can You Help Rewrite Negative Inner Dialogue?

We all have inner dialogue that plays on repeat and forms our core values about ourselves. What happens when that inner dialogue repeats negative messages hour after hour? The Toll of Negative Inner Dialogue I asked my students to spend ten minutes writing down their goals last week. Some of them came up with impressive lists of what they’d like to accomplish. A few just sat there. The next day, I asked them to list all the barriers they see…

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What Have We Done to the New Colossus (Lady Liberty)?

Proud to be an American I grew up thinking that I lived in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave.’ My great country, the United States of America, had symbols and icons that proved this theory. As a country we have done a stellar job in instilling national pride through symbolism into our children. The colors that Betsy Ross stitched into Old Glory represent hardiness and valor (red), purity and innocence (white), vigilance, perseverance, and justice…

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The Politics of Freedom and What it Means to You

One important aspect of self-care lies in our responsibility to continue to develop our intellect beyond the four walls of the classroom. Wheels of Freedom I remember my first bicycle—a shiny green Huffy with a saddle seat and coaster brakes. The back wheel had a set of smaller training wheels attached. I eventually learned to ride by myself (thanks, Mom and Dad), and experienced new freedom. I cut pieces of cardboard and attached them to the bike frame with a…

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Why YOU Should Fight the Ocean of Hate

My Ocean of Regret I saw the news in an email from my husband whilst standing in a Starbucks in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. But I couldn’t cry then. My traveling companion had just turned to me to ask a question, and I didn’t want to burst into tears in front of her. The ocean of grief stayed locked inside. As we continued our drive, I caught myself laughing over the horrible mistakes I made speaking Spanish. I breathed in…

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Share Your Secret and Save Someone’s Life

Keeping Family Problems a Secret Three years ago, when our youngest daughter agreed to co-write a series with me on her mental health journey, I felt trepidation. Would telling our family secret—that we suffered from a mental illness—change people’s opinions about us? Sure, blog readers and close family friends already know that our family had struggled—one daughter handled her teenage angst by cutting. The other by eating too healthfully (when it becomes an obsession and you lose weight they call…

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Do We Adapt to Injustice From Lack of Awareness?

May We Never Adapt to Injustice The name Trayvon Martin brings an instant image of a young man looking out from the hood of his sweatshirt with soulful eyes. We know the facts—a young black man walks through an ethnically diverse neighborhood when a vigilante half-Hispanic man shoots and kills him during an ‘altercation.’ Twenty years ago, the incident might not have garnered public attention. Due to social media and the Black Lives Matter movement, we have learned to adapt…

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