Mistaya Benefield


Mistaya Benefield

Mistaya Benefield, 17yrs, Port Gamble Sklallam Tribe, comes to us from the great state of Washington. She saw a presentation about We R Native and from then on, she wanted to become part of the team…… Now she can say she is! Coming from a background of gymnastics, she knows the pressure of juggling sport and school and is passionate about making a positive change in her community. She’s also passionate about creating a drug and alcohol free community, with more opportunity for teenagers to ask for and get the help they need/haven’t gotten a chance to get. Be on the lookout for this awesome ambassador!

Hello! I feel kind of embarrassed by some “full” natives saying things like “you’re not actually native if you’re half native” and things like that. My mother is native, my dad is white. What do I say or how should I feel when people say things like that?

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