NIDA Contest Entry

Faith, Inupiaq/Tlingit/Sugpiaq, Age 25, Washington


I believe that our homes and our connection to our lands and culture will break us from our toxic cycles we continue to make today. A lot of us struggle with homelessness and displacement a lot of my own grandpa’s and grandmas struggled like that and never got help and ended up dying never knowing where they come from or who their people are. I wanna show us the beauty of our people when we don’t have to worry about homelessness or don’t have to worry about somebody telling us to not pray. One day I hope this is the future.

How do I explain being Native to someone who’s only heard bad stuff?

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