NIDA Contest Entry

Alyssa, Catawba Indian, Age 20, North Carolina

New Life

Generations of my family have called the Catawba Indian reservation home. I have seen first hand the problems and suffering substance abuse has caused to the people and family that live on the reservation, but I have also seen the resilience and ability to overcome these addictions. My artwork depicts the resilience these people have and how they are able to grow from their troubled past and make a new life for themselves.

I am 50 percent Native American. I’ve always been told I’m Hispanic. I came to New Mexico for work and was shocked to see so many people that look like me. I feel lied to… or that something was taken from us. What should I do.

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