Jessica Penny

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Jessica Penny

Jessica, (Lumbee), believes in learning from her elders and also enjoys encouraging our younger generations to learn about our culture. To learn who they are as Native people, and to know that they can overcome any stereotype that our people face.

“One thing I am passionate about is trying to bring healing and hope to our communities so that our people can overcome stereotypes and adversity. I was selected as a contestant to run for the 2018-2019 position of Miss Indian North Carolina. For my platform, I spoke about the injustices of our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and why it’s so important that our people learn to speak out about it so that our women can begin to start healing.”

Hi Auntie! I’m pretty fair skinned compared to a lot of my family and it has always made me feel insecure in my identity. I’ve been called “white girl” or when I say I’m Indigenous I’m asked to “prove it.” How do I gain confidence in my identity as a Native?

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