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Cheyenne, Swinomish, Age 20, Washington

The beauty of Life

The beauty of life
Bringing my anxiety to light
All the hurt all the pain
drugs and alcohol drive me insane
Meditation with eagles up in the mountains
Sovereign nation sobriety
Changing our image
Letting the white man see that
Drugs and alcohol can’t take the native path from me
Say no to drugs and find the beauty in your life soar with the eagles and follow the steps of our ancestors out of the past and in to the future


Hello! First off I wanted to thank you for taking the time to do this & help educate others. It is greatly appreciated! My question is how I can make art & spread awareness about indigenous issues as a white woman. I grew up in the black hills of South Dakota and recently lost a friend who was m*rdered & she is now part of the long list of MMIW. I am a talented artist & want to make pieces to bring light to this issue and sell as NFTs, with all proceeds donated to MMIW & programs back home to help young women. Being white though, I want to tread carefully and do this right. Any advice and recommendations are appreciated! #MMIW #LongLiveDominiqueBrave

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