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Tags: 02 - Identity, 04 - Non-Native Allies, 11 - Activism, 12 - Education

I have an English final coming up and for it we have to write a speech about social justice issues today. I want to do something on native Americans but have no idea where to start. Any tips??

Hey Sydney! This is something I would like to read. Send it over when you’re done. With any good writing, it’s good to have a thesis, or a main topic. You’ll have to do a little searching to narrow down this very broad topic, as there is a very long list of social injustices inflicted upon American Indian and Alaska…

What is “weRnative.org” about?

Hi Hannah! Thanks for writing in! We R Native is a health resource for Native youth. We want to make sure you have factual information on the topics you’re interested in. We want to help you live your best life possible and hope that we can help. What causes panic attacks? For your question about panic attacks, they are a…

Auntie’s 20 for 2020

Hi there! In light of the New Year, I’d like to share with you 20 of my goals for the new decade: 1.Belly laugh more often 2.Hug more 3.Talk more 4.Take in my family 5.Eat beautiful food 6.No animal flesh 7.Have more diverse friends 8.Journal more often 9.Study yoga 10.Keep adventuring 11.Kick fear in the teeth 12.Consume less 13.Give freelywhat…

Can I use the name “sk-nwalker” on a podcast where that creature is a villain in the book I’m covering? Or is that disrespectful and I should call it by another name?

You’re right in seeking guidance on using this taboo term. I appreciate you approaching this with caution. Being Zuni and living near Navajo people, we were taught to be weary of animals, especially near sunrise or sunset when witches were more likely to be out. Clearly you know this topic is taboo and can be thought to call them or…

Hi Auntie. A family member recently went to Wyoming and took a picture of a sign named "Vision Quest Motel". My family is in an argument about whether the sign is racist or not. I don’t know what to think. Is it racist?

This is a great question and I appreciate you asking it. It shows that you respect and appreciate Native culture. Being from the Southwest (Zuni Pueblo, NM), I often saw Native designs displayed in various ways by Native and non-Native people. As we move forward as a society, we are starting conversations with great questions like the ones you’re asking.…

Can Metis people dance powwow? Specifically jingle?

Can Metis people dance powwow? Specifically jingle? You’ll find dancers have extensive Indigenous backgrounds. The first thing I would do is encourage you to get a mentor. This person can help guide you through all the things you’ll need to know about jingle dancing. They can coach you on dancing with the traditions of style, meaning, and etiquette. Start making…

Can Metis people wear ribbon skirts or is it disrespectful ?

Can Metis people wear ribbon skirts or is it disrespectful? Over the last few years, after events at Standing Rock, the Ribbon Skirt has been making the rounds on Turtle Island. Ribbon skirts are a symbol of resilience, sacredness and survival and is not bound to one specific tribe, but influences by the Plains Tribes. Water protectors at Standing Rock…

Can non native people use sage/cedar for spiritual practices?

Can white people/ nonnative people use sage/cedar for spiritual practices? I was taught medicine is something not to play around with. If you are unsure, or have questions please, please talk with a tribal elder or cultural leader. If using such medicine is not your cultural/ spiritual practice, traditions, way or value it could be viewed as wrong or as…

What does MMIW stand for?

Hey auntie, I keep seeing MMIW and I was wondering if you can explain that? Thanks! It’s to bring awareness to the disproportionate rates of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in the US and Canada Homicide is the third leading cause of death for indigenous women ages 10 to 24. A major problem is that Indigenous women are often…

Plastics accumulating in the ocean

I’ve heard a lot about plastics accumulating in the ocean. It seems too daunting to do anything about. I’m from a place where there’s no recycling and you can’t drink from the tap. Some things that have made me feel better: Is bringing my own bags to the store and just throw my fruits and veggies in the basket I…
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