I Am Indian Country

Respect, honesty, love, bravery, humility, truth and wisdom are our cultural values. Pick a cultural value (or pick them all!) and write a song, tell a story, create art, make a video answering one of the following questions:

  • How do you incorporate (value) into your everyday life? 
  • What does (value) mean to you? 
  • Why is (value) important to your culture? 
  • Which cultural value is most important to you? Share a story about a time in your life when you felt you embodied that trait.

Need to get inspired? Check out what each value means by learning more about the Seven Grandfather Teachings

The project is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai’ian youth, ages 13 – 24. The top ten entries will be awarded $100 in cash prizes.

All submissions will be featured in the eBook, weRnative blog, Reconnecting The Circle website, and other content platforms.

Submissions should be emailed to

The details

Videos should be no more than 4 minutes long. If you are using a desktop computer. please post them on YouTube and then send us the link. If you’re using your phone or mobile device….just send the video our way.  Written submissions should be no more than 1 page long. Jpeg’s, pdf’s, and other doc’s can be uploaded above. Please limit submissions to 7MB.

If other people are shown in your submission, please make sure you have their permission to submit their image. Contest submissions may be showcased on the We R Native website, Facebook page, and/or text messaging services. By submitting an entry, you grant the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) the right to use, edit, and disseminate submissions in print, online, and through other forms of media for educational, public service, or health awareness purposes. By submitting an entry, you release the NPAIHB and its agents and employees from all claims, demands, and liabilities whatsoever in connection with the above.

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