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Hi Auntie! I’ve been wanting to get involved with showing my support for BLM and protest, but I don’t know how to get started. And my cousins on the rez want to support too, but can’t get to any protests. What should we do?

[Auntie Manda] These are really great questions. I think it’s so great that you are interested in joining the movement on the streets! It is so important for Native youth to support our Black relatives who are fighting for liberation and an end to police brutality! The fight for Indigenous sovereignty and the struggle for Black liberation are interconnected. I…

How do you celebrate July 4th?

Hi there! This is a good question! I first want to say that it’s okay to celebrate any US holiday however you choose to. It’s also okay if you want to boycott or redefine the holiday by reflecting on how the holiday might look through an Indigenous lens. For example, if you would rather spend holidays like Thanksgiving, Columbus Day,…

Are all Native Americans getting stimulus checks?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law in March included an economic impact payment to every American with a Social Security number. Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment of $1,200 for individuals or…

Could spirits be trying to tell me something? I’m not Native American as far as I know, but things keep happening so often that I can’t ignore it anymore!

Dear Cody, Thanks for writing in. Well, I can’t speak to your experience, only you can do this. What I can say, is that as Indigenous people, we believe that all things both inanimate and alive hold a lifeforce or energy, especially the land we occupy. Many people, including myself have had ‘visits’ from those who have crossed over and…

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…

Hi Uncle, I’m embarrassed about going to a community college while all my friends are going to big universities.. is it okay to go to a community college first and then transfer?

Thanks for asking this question. First, let me say congratulations on wanting to continue your growth through the pursuit of education. Answering your question. Yes! It is okay to go to community college first, and then transfer. More and more people are starting to recognize the benefits of going to community college first. Universities are actually starting to partner with…

Dress code in schools

My school heavily restricts what people can and can’t wear to prom. They stick by the rules that if you were born female you absolutely must wear a dress, even if you now identify as a male or if you simply would prefer to wear to wear a suit. Being forced to wear clothes that they don’t want to wear…
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