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Hi Auntie! I’m pretty fair skinned compared to a lot of my family and it has always made me feel insecure in my identity. I’ve been called “white girl” or when I say I’m Indigenous I’m asked to “prove it.” How do I gain confidence in my identity as a Native?

Hi there, Thanks for reaching out! I answered a question similar to yours recently. Check it out and let me know if you need any more help: www.wernative.org/ask-auntie-questions/get-over-my-light-skin? Best of luck on your journey, Auntie Manda

i’m 16 and pregnant. my parents love my boyfriend. he’s 19 and has his own place. i’m already graduated and work full time. i practically live with him. but i fear when they find out they’ll make me move back home and keep the baby from him.

Thanks for writing in! You might find that you will need a lot of support during this time, so I am proud of you for taking such a positive step by reaching out. You’re doing the right thing by looking for help and support. There’s no reason you should go through this alone. So now what? To break this down,…

Dear auntie my uncle is going crazy and he is verbally abusive to my auntie and my first cousins. Im scared of it becoming physical . I want them to move over here with me and they do too . How do I get them away from this?

I want to first thank you for having the courage to write this question. It sounds like you care for your Auntie a lot. They are going to need your strength and compassion during this time. This question is a difficult question to answer. There are a lot of different and moving pieces here. People’s initial response is to go…

so theres this guy im friends with well its complicated. he used to like me and i kinda liked him but never said it and now hes acting real distant like even when i commented on his insta post he deleted the post after friends teased him why do you think?

Yes, relationships can be incredibly complicated. And, people can become sensitive when they put their feelings out on the line and don’t have them returned. Also, it’s not uncommon for friends to tease or embarrass their friends about people they may like or have a crush on. Perhaps this is why he deleted your insta post. Going forward. Make sure…

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…

Being Emo, and wearing dark clothes doesn’t mean I’m depressed, does it?

Being Emo, And Wearing Dark clothes does not mean I am depressed does it? I want to answer simply. No it doesn’t. The only thing that makes you depressed is depression. If that is something you are strongly considering, or are wondering about then I implore you to please seek a trusted friend, adult or a school counselor or someone…

Setting boundaries with family…

Is it weird when your dad leaves the bathroom door open and calls you in to bring him something and you are a female? Dear Cheyenne, I am really sorry that you are feeling uncomfortable with your family member. If you feel weird or uncomfortable about it, then go with your gut feeling. Your concerns are valid and it’s important…

I’m 13 is it ok to cuddle with my aunt in the bed

Is it ok to cuddle with my aunt in bed?  No. Certainly not in the way that you are implying. You’ll find that many tribes have warnings against this. Like the Zuni Koyemshi, or mud head dancers. Their facial figures are distorted and over exaggerated, as they are the result of an insestual relationship. They are known as the clowns…
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