Vonica LaPlante


Vonica LaPlante

Vonica, MHA Nation, has taken language classes and wants to encourage her fellow youth to preserve our Native languages.

I want to make sure we have programs for the youth to help them stay off the streets, with the idea of keeping them away from the drugs and alcohol around our community. I am passionate about education and dancing because, they are both something important and are apart of our lives.

I am white, but I live in an area that is between 3 different tribes on the PNW coast. I’m a teacher, and more than half my students are Native Americans. I love my tribal kids, they are the joy in my teaching hours. They bring such life and joy and happiness to school with them, always curious, always respectful, always ready to have fun and learn something new. Sadly, I’ve known several Native American parents and a child who died. I just learned about ribbon skirts, and I was wondering if it would be wrong for me to wear one in remembrance of them. I sew, and would really enjoy making a ribbon skirt – but I don’t know if that would offend my students, their parents, or their tribes.

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