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Hey Auntie, I keep hearing a lot of scary things about fentanyl. What’s the deal?

Yes, everyone is talking about fentanyl and for good reason; it’s more common than most think and right now the rates of accidental overdoses is the leading cause of death for 18 to 45 year old’s. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin or morphine and a lethal dose is only 2mg…. Read More

I’ve heard there might be actual nature spirits portrayed in Pokémon. Is this true?

Hey there! Thanks for the question. I’m not exactly sure what ‘nature spirits’ are in this context but I’m certainly familiar with Pokémon. As Indigenous people, we believe that all things both inanimate and alive hold a lifeforce or energy, especially the land we occupy – in this way, I think I know what you mean by nature spirits. I’m… Read More

I’m an native elder (Pomo) my older grandchildren were given a Indian name and younger ones do not. I no longer know of spiritual person to do that. So would love to give my grandchildren a Indian name is it proper for me to have that privilege.

Hello! Thank you for writing in! There are several bands of Pomo Indians that are Federally-recognized Indian Nations, many who have Culture & Heritage departments or tribal programs to provide individual, specific guidance on tribal naming traditions and protocols. Identity and knowing who we are is one of the most important journeys we can walk. My heart is full knowing… Read More

Hi Auntie! I recently have been using crystals but am curious about Native American religion since I am Native American myself, I don’t want to betray any religion but I just want to know if I can believe in both!

Gunalchéesh, thank you for reaching out. You are not the only person who is finding balance in their traditional and personal spiritualities. You can believe in whatever you like! As indigenous people, we constantly walk in two worlds. With one eye we see the western and eastern ways, with the other our traditional ways. We learn western science and indigenous… Read More

I’m a native American from Nevada. Is it possible to go to rehabs outside my state? How do I reach out for funding? I’m already known as a drug addict but I really need treatment I’m scared.

Thank you so much for writing in. Reaching out for help is something that takes strength and bravery; I’m proud of you for doing that. You are not the only one in this situation. Struggling with addiction is scary, and it’s made even scarier when the people around you don’t understand what it’s like. I want you to know that… Read More

Is it acceptable for a non Indigenous ally to buy and wear a ribbon skirt if it was from a Native business and I learn about the history and meanings?

Hi there! Thanks for writing in. This service is prioritized for Native youth, so I will not be answering this question. However, I encourage you to look for more about this and to ask yourself if buying and wearing something is going to make the impact you think it will or if the intent is to make yourself feel better…. Read More

I’m not Indigenous, am of German/English/Scottish ancestry – is it disrespectful for me to make/wear a ribbon skirt?

Hi there! Thanks for writing in. This service is prioritized for Native youth, so I will not be answering this question. However, I encourage you to look for more about this and to ask yourself if buying and wearing something is going to make the impact you think it will or if the intent is to make yourself feel better…. Read More

Hi auntie, I’m trans ftm and I dont know if I can make a ribbon skirt or if I can wear them? Please help!

Hi there Thanks for writing in! Before getting into your question, I will preface with this: what we wear can be a form of expression. You have every right to express yourself in whatever way you choose to. And, it’s okay to experiment… sometimes things fit with how we want to express ourselves and sometimes they don’t. As we move… Read More

How do seniors get transportation to go shopping. Don’t have any way to go shopping

Hey there! Check with your tribe and see if they have any senior programming that you can sign up for. There might be a shuttle service that can work for you. Also, go to your nearest senior center and ask them if there’s anything they can do to help you do your shopping. I’m sure that they can at least… Read More

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