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Dear Auntie, my Auntie was just diagnosed with cervical cancer and I want to get involved with spreading awareness. She mentioned that January is cervical cancer awareness month. What can I do?

What an awesome niece you are! I’ve got some great things that you can do… Wear turquoise on Turquoise Tuesday, January 19th and share on social media using #TurquoiseTuesday to show your support for cervical cancer awareness in Indian Country Get Screened Talk to your healthcare provider about cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for youth…

Hey Auntie, I’m coming back from college and I’m a little worried about coming home and getting my family sick. I know of someone who was asymptomatic and got his whole family sick. Some of my family is calling me paranoid or are saying that I’m going overboard, but I just don’t want to get anyone sick, especially my grandma.

This is such a great question! Thank you for writing in. 😊 You’re definitely not being paranoid or overreacting. The rate of reported COVID cases is at its highest and is projected to keep rising during the holiday season. Some things you can do are to: • Get your flu shot before you travel • Always wear a mask in…

I grew up in a white household because my parents are divorced. I feel disconnected from my culture, i used to jingle dance when i was younger but i wanted to know how to get involved in the community as a teenager who doesn’t have much native family.

Dear Penelope, Identity and knowing who we are is one of the most important journeys we can walk. I encourage you to explore your identity. This is a great start. There are many ways you can do this, yet there is no right or wrong way for doing this. If you feel comfortable, reach out to your extended family. Tribal…

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…

Dear Auntie, My family is falling apart due to the death of a baby in our family…

Dear relative, I am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. Losing a child is a life-changing event. No matter the situation, a loss can be difficult to recover from physically, emotionally, and mentally. It is something no family should ever have to experience and yet it happens often. While you may have feelings of isolation or despair, please…

Hi Auntie, how do I be a good stepmother to a 5 year old boy?

Ah, you’re doing a great job already by reaching out. I wish there was magic formula I could give you, but here are some things to consider in your journey. Be respectful of: Time – not matter how much thought and time you have put into making this transition as easy as possible, remember that children will need time to…
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