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Participant: Elizabeth | Jul 2017

During the summer photo contest, we asked you to share how you connect with culture and show your Native pride. Check out all of the entries and #represent! The Tachi Yokut youth is here in Malibu California at the Wishtoyo Chumash Village learning how to respect the Ocean and the earth, were sleeping in Huts. PS I'm the one in khaki shorts, long sleeve and the long black socks 🙂

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Participant: Sincere | Apr 2016

We went on a hike and before we started walking we had to pray for the land. We had to give back with this tobacco and in return we could walk its trails without disturbing the nature. In my picture i'm holding tobacco and the background is nothing but beautiful growung plants.we must pray for our earth everyday, and thank her for letting us see what beauty she brings. That is one of the ways i protect this precious earth, is by praying!

Previous Participants

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Participant: Abel | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 I submitted a picture of my girlfriend Lexy and myself. We are at our tribal community center after my high school graduation.

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Participant: Aiyana | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 healing

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Participant: Aiyana | Jun 2019

I am a competitive national cheerleader and in the summer I have several cheerleading practices which lead up to our national competition. This year our national competition will be in Orlando Florida! Last year my team and I won 3rd in the nation! I hope this year we can do the same!

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Participant: Aiyana | Jul 2019

I am thriving in my culture by attending the national UNITY conference for Native youth. I attended the 2018 & 2019 conference and I have learned so much about my people.

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Participant: Allie | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 This is the day I have my little cousin her native name she’s my world her native name is Maxkechuwi’otaet

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Participant: Allison | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Culture

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Participant: Ally | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Well Idk

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Participant: Alyssa | Mar 2019

Grape dumplings are a traditional Chickasaw dish that is originally made from possum grapes but are now made with grape juice. This dish is very sweet and a great dessert

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Participant: Alyssa | Oct 2019

I sent a snap to all my friends on snapchat to text brave to 97779

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Participant: Ambrose | Mar 2019

My favorite tradition food is anykind of sx̌ʷyups (snake) I've caught them since forever and eat em when I can, my Indian name is qʷx̌iłat meaning the green blanket that comes in spring just when the sx̌ʷyups com out. I would describe sx̌ʷyups in one word with k̓aʔk̓ín kíʔ (childhood) cuz it’s what I grew up on

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Participant: Amelia | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Growth

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Participant: Anastasia | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Freedom

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Participant: Anita | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Healthier!

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Participant: Annie | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Belonging.

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Participant: Anthony | Nov 2019

Family

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Participant: Ariah | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 My 2018 was fun and it was something to remember.

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Participant: Audra | Nov 2019

My Indigenous Hero is my son, Bazil. Bazil is a young artist and voice for suicide awareness and mental health among Indigenous teens. He knows it because he lives it. Bazil is someone who is stronger than he understands and is truly inspiring for what he has overcome in the last 3years. My Hero is Bazil Stonefish” Bazil is 17yrs old, Oneida Nation. His shirt is in the Oneida language - “Strong, Resilient, Indigenous”

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Participant: Aurora | Nov 2019

Strong.

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Participant: Bernyna | Jun 2019

I love to travel, go to new places, and meet new people. I like hiking, walking, and being outdoors. I live on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. This picture was taken on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA - a great place to be outdoors, we walked over 30,000 steps that day!

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Participant: Blossom | Sep 2019

Hi my name is Blossom Armstrong, and my main support system will always be Loryn Moore. From the first time we met I knew we’d be such good friends, I just always had that gut feeling. So throughout the years before moving to Washington I went through hard times mentally which could have affected me physically, permanently. I had the creator to get me out of that mindset and didn’t know it. I’ve struggled for a while and moving to a new school I thought I’d still feel the same. Then I fell in love with soccer which was introduced to me by, Loryn Moore and her family. So i put all my energy into that. My whole freshman year was good to an extent because I had Lo (Loryn) in my life to help guide my way. I made lifelong friends that year. Sophomore year came along and all my friends left, they either went to college and stopped talking to me or went to hawaii and started a new journey there. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty hard, and got harder every day. If I didn’t have Loryn to bring me out of it and have her help me learn how to manifest what I want, I would’ve fallen back into abyss. It was that way the entire year. Out of every bad experience I’ve ever had, I could always count on Lo you bring me out of it and get me back on track. And I tell her almost everyday that I appreciate her so much. Simple things like soccer sunday’s, going to the nespelem waterfalls, to just sitting in her car and screaming our lungs out, to crying. She always made it better. I don’t think I could ever find another best friend like that, I don’t think I could ever find a person who just radiates positive energy like that. And everyday that I look back to my past and how I could’ve ended it all, I thank the creator for bringing light in my life, Loryn Shalom Moore.

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Participant: Brad | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Lonely

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Participant: Brianna | Aug 2019

The document I'm submitting is about my two goals that I would like to accomplish in this upcoming school year.

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Participant: Caleb | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 2018 was "Rooted"

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Participant: Caleb | May 2019

My favorite thing to do in the spring fitness wise, is biking. Although I'm not sure if I have the correct kinda bike, I make it work through many popped tires and goat head splinters. I enjoy every bit, I believe it's one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful reservation. In this clip I'm exploring a part of the land owned by the dam so I had limited access to the day, but I kinda just snuck past the gates and went on my own way, cuz #decolinizefitness

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Participant: Caleb | Jul 2019

Past week I attended Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Summit held for the past 6 years in Fayetteville, AR at the University of Arkansas. Accompanying around 38 other youth from around the nation pursuing food sovereignty, nutrition and health, law and policy, and Conservation of our lands. this opportunity has been the most shaping experience I have ever been apart of. I thought I came in with a understanding of what I wanted to heal in my community and I realized through this summit the possibilities and steps to get there to make ambitions reality. This has brought folks into my life that I will be networking and communicating with for what might be my entire career. Native Country is shaping youth like no other generation before me and the relatives I've made at this event get to be apart of it!

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Participant: Caleb | Oct 2019

Texting brave to 3 friends.

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Participant: Caleb | Nov 2019

My indigenous hero is my sk̓ʷuy the one word I would use to describe my mother is vivacious.

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Participant: Caleb | Dec 2019

The one word I would use to reflect this year is "understanding" this word means to sympathetically be aware of other people's feelings; tolerant and forgiving. The reason this word can reflect my year is because until this year I couldn't get why things were the way they were, I blamed myself sometimes rightly, but often there was nothing that I could of had control over, I amassed regret over years of my life, I've felt that way for a length of time, until I had realized something from a generic response my friend had given to the question "if you could change one regret you have what would you change?" he said "none, because I wouldn't be who I am now" and I responded to repeat myself, but cut myself off because in that moment I'd realized that I was wrong and his response was good, I thought to about that and I found that for myself I can be grateful for the things I regret because they've brought me understanding, of people, myself, situations, and outcomes. being understanding is easy to do, but hard to realize knowing others intentions is difficult to accept when you can understand every motive is justified because it is undeniably honest. This friend and I haven't been the same since I left our hometown and moved with my sister for a year, removing consistency and a positive encounter we relied upon each other for changed us and I had to be honest with myself about that although we can rationalize out feelings on being separated for a year our inner self felt abandonment, I had to be understanding about this realization I knew he felt. As the summer went on patches of isolation became normal between us sometimes after too much of each other, but most times unexplained, with no communication my mind wondered the overthinking took over and I hurt myself, being understanding meant not being able to resent him, knowing his actions was the only signals I received, this took much effort for me, and months went by I knew he felt guilt and couldn’t handle it, he’d never tell me that or show he cared and I always understood why, some people need you to love them more than show back to you, people can say it’s twisted, but it’s understandable with unconditional empathy. It got to the point where I couldn’t give effort and my emotions coming from my inner self took over and gave him an out, one he didn’t feel he caused, one that didn’t make him feel guilty. and I lost him. It’s easy to know he has others, it’s easy to know he doesn’t care as much, it’s not easy because my love is unrestricted and understanding.

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Participant: Carson | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 finished!

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Participant: Catherine | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Grateful

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Participant: Celina | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Healing

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Participant: Celina | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Healing.

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Participant: Charles | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 One of the MANY CEREMONIES I get BLESSED to tend fire and sing at the drum in SUPPORT of the dancers. I would LOVE to share and submit more photos and videos of the MULTITUDE of ceremonies and dances I've been blessed to offer my love.

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Participant: Chayla | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Blessed

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Participant: Chayla | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Blessed

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Participant: Cheyenne | Apr 2019

Hello everyone, I love the Earth. I am always picking up garbage on the ground when I see it and I recycle and compost. I recycle and compost because recycling can make a new thing that somebody else can use and i compost because the ground can absorb nutrients that it needs to be capable of keeping life like plants and animals and especailly us humans. I do all of this because as a native american and as a person in genral I would love to see global warming end. I walk or bike at least four to six miles a day instead of driving because driving pollutes the air we breathe and I would love to breathe fresh air produced by the trees and plants. I just would like the world to be less violent as well and more peaceful because violence creates bad energy and the world can feel it and if I am able to be peaceful and begin to change what i wish to change maybe.... one day i will change pollution in all forms and be able to breathe fresh air

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Participant: Cheyenne | Jun 2019

Okay everyone Im gonna tell a little story.. When I was younger I believed that I was a loner and wanted to go to school all the time because thats the only time I didn't feel alone. When summer came around I stayed inside all the time... I had no friends...and then one day my dad looked at me and said Chey get ready there is something i wanna show you. We took a walk down the road to the baseball field. At that time it wasn't just a baseball field, an event had been done there annually for years said my dad. He showed me all the bead work and all the dancing and I felt at home. Like i never wanted to leave this place because I found my community in a place not to far from home. the dancers danced to the most amazing sounds played by my family...Oh yeah and not to mention the majority of my family was there. I knew everyone. That same day my aunt invited me to tag along to canoe journey and to come to dinner with the family. When I am at gatherings like Swin days Or Canoe Journey or even Pride fest it gives me a feeling that is indescribable one that I thought could only happen in fairy tales but, this isn't a fairy tale this is real. The moral to my story is, family is everywhere and love is love whether you love a girl or boy or neither, you deserve to love something and I love my community.

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Participant: Cheyenne | Aug 2019

The picture I chose is a picture of myself. The goal that I want to accomplish is loving and appreciating myself. I recently have been doing good about reaching that goal. I am also posting about my goal of writing and publishing a book. I am halfway through my book and look forward to making and accomplishing my goals

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Participant: Cheyenne | Jan 2020

Hello guys my name is Cheyenne Weatherby and I have some new goals I would like to share. 2020 is going to be great I can already tell. I would like to focus on self love and not having things that have happened to me define who I am, that being my insecurities. My insecurities have given me a very strong sense of anxiety and depression. I feel as though I would be allowing my past to stay behind me would be greatly effective as my life has changed. I now have the love and support I've always needed. I'm super excited as to start my new job and learn who I am as a person. I would like to let girls and boys to know that your past doesn't end.

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Participant: Cheyenne | Jan 2020

Hello I have an amazing new year's resolution. I wanna let people know that life has a greater purpose. You can always change your perspective to remind yourself that the good things happen in life. Negative things are a hill that we can get over. I used to believe that life was always super negative that nothing good comes from life. Now as my new year resolution I vow to look on the bright side of things, life isn't always cupcakes and rainbows but it's not always negative either. Life's what you make it and if you're negative about everything then life's gonna be down. I love myself and will look forward to seeing what I can accomplish for myself this year. I am ready for challenges that the year will bring. I'm ready for my love and challenges to make this year interesting .

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Participant: Colleta | Nov 2019

This is my atwai uncle Vinson Macy, he was a Vietnam Veteran, he was my father figure growing up, he taught me many things, how to gather roots and berries, how to take care of fish that i caught, how to live in a good way, and how to practice my traditional ways. He was and still is my hero, without him I wouldn't have the knowledge I have now as an adult, that I pass down to my own children. Thank u!

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Participant: Collin | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Random picture of me

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Participant: Collin | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 This picture was taking when i left a summer camp at UNC Pembroke. I made the necklace at the camp and i was so proud to wear it anywhere i went to symbolize that i was Native American. I still wear that necklace to this day and it is so dear to me.

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Participant: Collin | Aug 2019

Went on a Legacy camp and took a trip to the Jamestown settlement

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Participant: Cory | Nov 2019

This is my nephew Jimmy Smith-Kramer I raised him since he was a young boy he was taken from us tragically, he was ran over while camping with his friends on his 20th birthday in May of 2017 by a white man. It was a hate crime but the justice didn’t see it that way... anyways he sacrificed his life to save his friend he jumped off a back of a truck ran and tackled his friend and he took a blunt force to the head and later died the next day at the hospital.

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Participant: Danielle | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 New Beginnings

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Participant: Danneca | Feb 2019

During February, we asked you to share what your favorite nonverbal way to show affection is. Check out Danneca's and all of this month's submissions! My significant other does alot to support me since we have graduated from high school. Our favorite non-verbal way to show we care about each other is doing chores or favors for each other to make each others day a bit easier. For example, if I cook dinner, he will wash dishes and clean up the kitchen. When he has a long night and wants to sleep in late, I wash his clothes or take out the cat litter, so he has one less thing to do for the day. They’re small gestures, but I appreciate when he does the tiniest favor to help me through my day.

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Participant: Danni | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 My son got his first archery bull on September 21st. My Birthday present. Made our year

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Participant: Dawn | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Losing your best friend years ago. Finally letting go loving life. Still no BFF may she forever RIP. I miss her dearly but I shall see her again someday. Sorry not trying to be negative I love life. Survived 7.2 earthquake and thousands of aftershocks. I am a survivor.

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Participant: Dayanara | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 This is a picture if my little sister reaching up to the sky (at sun set) making her look so powerful that beams of energy are radiating from her.

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Participant: Deonah | Aug 2019

I am a freshman at UNM Gallup Campus. I am also a member of the Navajo Nation and I want to accomplish a higher education to prosper in this competitive world. First goal is to complete my first semester in college, to overcome my fears of isolation, to expand and meet exciting people. Second goal is to complete my assignments on time, to commit to doing my homework.

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Participant: Desmond | Aug 2019

Hi my name is Desmond Siyuja and I'm a havasupai and this is my school goals for this year.

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Participant: Dianne | Jan 2019

In January we asked you to share how you plan to be #wellforculture this year and pledge to make 2019 your best year yet. Halito. (Hello). My 2018 was great.

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Participant: Dillon | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Hope

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Participant: Dominique | Jun 2019

The photo I submitted is of me hiking near my home in North Carolina. I’m flexing because despite facing the challenges of fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and PTSD I work patiently yet persistently through the chronic pain to build strength and resilience spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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Participant: Donovan | Jun 2019

Swimming at the pond with my family.

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Participant: Earlson | Jan 2019

In January we asked you to share how you plan to be #wellforculture this year and pledge to make 2019 your best year yet. I choose to do well here at Fort Lewis College with a major in engineering. Here I can talk with different types of natives from different tribes. Here also I can show that I can accomplish my goals and be a role model for those who looke up to me and down on me; my family, my friends, my coworkers, my community, the greasy face kids on my street. To show them I can make it, so than i can help those who are struggling male it too.

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Participant: Earlson | May 2019

This photo of me was taken by a friend in Pagosa Springs, CO. This was my first time getting into rock climbing, specifically top rope rock climbing, but I really enjoyed the pump in my forearms, arms, back, and core so much that I've continued to rock climb at climbing gyms when I can get to one. Boulder, when I find a good one I can climb, otherwise i started working out at home by making a small outdoor finger/hang board to train. I love rock climbing and I'm starting to get into it. I love the exhaustion I get from it, the pump in my hands and forearms, the problem solving of where each route goes and especially meeting new people. I hardly meet any Native Americans who rock climb so someday I hope to get grant money from companies who give money to those who wish to improve community health so that I can build a rock climbing gym in or near my hometown of Whiteriver. So that it provides another physical activity for everyone in my community besides basketball, football, running, volleyball, or baseball. Just so that the eager minds of youth can explore this new activity in particular.

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Participant: Earlson | Aug 2019

This summer has been pretty busy with work and getting money to pay for college. One goal I have in mind is to grow stronger in my faith in God by reading and understanding the bible more and hangout with people who want to grow in faith. Another goal is to raise my GPA up so that I can continue pursuing my degree. This past semester I had slipped and now I am paying for it, literally and figuratively, but I am not quitting and I will keep moving forward. This past summer's funds are going right back into school... ...I'm doing this to make everyone who looks up to me proud and encourage them to keep moving forward. I got to keep working hard, keep praying, keep praising, and keep growing. God bless you all.

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Participant: Earlson | Nov 2019

My indigenous heros, or role models, would have to be my maternal and paternal grandfathers. They both are different in a sense of attitude. One gives a strong, inviolable presence and the other emits a kind, amiable look, yet both have a resilient, benign, and beneficent manner. They are good friends, hard workers, and amazing people from what I've observed and been told by their friends, colleagues, and other family members. I don't have one word to describe such magnanimous role models of who I want to be or to surpass or to get near their characters. I don't have a photo of either of them so I submitted a canvas painting I've made to fill in space.

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Participant: Edith | Jun 2019

I love dancing traditional over summer.

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Participant: Elyssia | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 "Adventure"

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Participant: Estrella | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 SURVIVED

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Participant: Ethan | Aug 2019

my submission is about the two goals i have for this year and a little about myself.

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Participant: Eurick | Jan 2019

In January we asked you to share how you plan to be #wellforculture this year and pledge to make 2019 your best year yet. I plan to be Wellforculture by sharing my traditional knowledge with various people from all over. Each year I attend ceremonies, I help others, I attend conferences, I travel and everywhere I go I love to share stories. I love to share teachings and stories that’ll hopefully impact the Native youth from all over. I plan to be wellforculture by not only expressing and sharing what I know but also by living it.

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Participant: Evynn | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 If I had to choose one word to describe this picture it would be “Blooming.” This year I have been torn apart and enlightened. I have come to learn that to heal you must be broken down to be rebuilt. I have learned to be patient and have a positive perspective. While becoming who I was meant to be, I have begun to bloom. I am a gift to the world wrapped in indigenous resistance and love. I am healing, blooming like a flower with new beginnings. This is me.

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Participant: Evynn | Feb 2019

During February, we asked you to share what your favorite nonverbal way to show affection is. Check out Evynn's and all of this month's submissions! My favorite nonverbal way to show affection to my love ones is by hugging. To hold someone in my arms shows them that I care and that they are loved. When you hug someone that’s the closest two hearts will ever be. It makes people feel secure and safe. The Creator blessed me with the most beautiful friends in the world, so I try to embrace them as often as possible.

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Participant: Felisha | Aug 2019

My submission is a document explaining my goals for higher education this year and also I wanted the opportunity to be able to share my goals with someone else who might benefit from them. Higher education isn't easy and it's okay to take a break or fail every now and then and I just want to let other know to never give up. I am proof that higher education is possible and that anyone can do it.

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Participant: Garry | Nov 2019

Richard Iron Cloud Richard Iron Cloud is a peacemaker who has spent years working on the Pine Ridge Reservation to improve the tribal justice system and keep alive traditional Lakota ways of resolving conflict. He's a 2014 Bush Fellowship winner. The 100-thousand dollar grant is awarded to community leaders. Iron Cloud is pursuing his PhD in psychology; his focus is on indigenous peacemaking systems. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed his work as a peacemaker.

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Participant: Geno | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Training

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Participant: Georgia | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Kansas became the third state to pass a law to prohibit schools or other government institutions from prohibiting Native students from wearing their regalia to events such as graduations or other formal events.

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Participant: Georgia | Jul 2019

My sister and I visited Lake Superior for the first time this summer. This was emotional for us because we have tribal ties to Michigan.

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Participant: Gianni | Feb 2019

During February, we asked you to share what your favorite nonverbal way to show affection is. Check out Gianni's and all of this month's submissions! A smile can go a long way, but eye contact can go much further. I believe one of the biggest and best ways to nonverbally show that you care for someone is to be attentive when they are speaking. When one shares eye contact with someone else, you are exhibiting that you care for them and what they are saying to you. Yes, a hug may physically show you love them, but taking the time out to listen to someone else and show that their voice matters is one of the most important ways to show affection. Life is never guaranteed the next day, so to take the time to show someone else you care today, shows them what really matters in life.

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Participant: Gina | Nov 2019

Geronimo remains my all time Indigenous superhero. Not just because of his resistance but because of what inspired his fight. To me, Geronimo is the first man to lead as an ally of women's honor. It was the senseless murder of his wife and daughter that sparked his vengeance sealing his infamy. His love and loss was one of the many stories of #mmiwg. Geronimo is forever my superhero who lived in real life and fought like the warrior we so desperately need today.

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Participant: Glorianna | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Experiential

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Participant: Grace | Feb 2019

During February, we asked you to share what your favorite nonverbal way to show affection is. Check out Grace's and all of this month's submissions! This document is a short description of my favorite way to show my nonverbal affection to my boyfriend. I also have a scenario on when I would do it. Thank you very much. My boyfriend is sitting by himself and minding his own business. I just look at him and admire how cute he is. My favorite way to show my affection towards him is to come behind him slowly and hug him. It doesn’t matter what he is doing but if I think he needs some of my love, this is what I do. He always asks me, “What are you doing goofball?”. I always tell him, “You just looked like you needed some affection.”

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Participant: Hadassah | Aug 2019

My name is Hadassah Whitehorse and these are my goals for this school year and for life.

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Participant: Hailey | Aug 2019

My two goals to accomplish this year. My first goal is to learn the in’s and out’s of animal science for the future when I become a veterinarian. The second goal is to be more active in my tribal program and learn about my great ancestors. This is the year I start to plan my way as I plan to go to vet school and I start to increase more information about my amazing tribe.

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Participant: Heather | Nov 2019

My chei, maternal grandpa, beat alcoholism. Lost his battle with cancer, raised me. Taught me what a patriarch is. Was always there for me.

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Participant: Inocente | Jan 2020

Hello, So my name is Inocente from Swinomish. I have goals of money stability. Being stable is the picture I chose that simply states How my feelings Going into 2020. The serene environment allows me to step back and relax. I can think about what my next move is and how im going to play this game called life, its almost like chess but what we have to remember its not always about winning. But sometimes its about losing a little so you can learn and move forward.

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Participant: Isley | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 2018 was Phenomenal!!!

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Participant: Jacob | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 This is my niece who I had the joy of getting here ready for all the powwows this year an showing her how to dance an she enjoyed dancing this year an I enjoy her every day

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Participant: Jaelyn | Nov 2019

"Grandmother" Annie Dodge Wauneka, 1910-1997, first woman elected to Navajo Tribal Council. Educated the people about health and sanitation, spoke her mind, looked out for interests of the people and not her own.

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Participant: Jaelynn | Jul 2019

I live on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. This picture was taken at Horseshoe Lake with my sisters. I love nature - the coolness of the breeze, the refreshing spring waters, and the beautiful scenery always puts my heart and mind at ease. I stay healthy and strong with all the outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, camping and what a great place to do all these activities than in my backyard on my beautiful reservation!

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Participant: Jared | Nov 2019

My brothers. They never give up, they are good people and they are good examples.

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Participant: Jasmine | Aug 2019

I wanna go to school to train horses. And to learn about them. But for now I wanna do better in school. Get passing grades so I can go to college for what I want. Thank you for hearing me

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Participant: jasmine | Aug 2019

Hi, my name is Jasmine Alth Tse Des Bah Smith I am 16 years old, my mom is Navajo and my dad is Mexican. I attend Holbrook Indian School in Arizona and I am a sophomore there. I have two goals this year. One of them is to turn in my assessments on time so I will not have homework. My other goal is to have passing grades so i can graduate, go to college, and get job that I love in the future.

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Participant: Jaydon | Aug 2019

I live in the urban settings of Lincoln, NE. I’m an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and I’ll be entering into my Sophomore year of High School. My picture was taken at Black Elk Peak in South Dakota. Every year we go to the Sacred Black Hills for our family vacation. We have limited access to our cell phones, no running water and no electricity during this week. I really enjoy it and always look forward to this each year and to be honest, I wouldn’t change it for the world!!!! Wopila my relatives! - Jaydon Iron Shell

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Participant: Jayla | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Blessed and ready for school to gain knowledge so I can grow to help my community and peers.

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Participant: Jaylin | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Beauty at its finest

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Participant: Jazmine | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 I’ve had the great fortune and opportunities to travel so much this year to spread words of encouragement and hope to young people all ages and color and I’m excited for this coming new year to keep going with my work!

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Participant: jenna | May 2019

At family Olympics with our chief on the track.

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Participant: Jenna | Nov 2019

My Indigenous hero is Sharice Davids of the Ho-Chunk Nation. I chose Sharice because she is representing our Native peoples on a national level, and it is so inspiring to know that we CAN succeed in US politics. One word to describe her: Badass.

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Participant: Jennifer | Nov 2019

Future, 2019 Unity Conference Highlights. UnityInc.org

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Participant: Jerene | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 #Recognition

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Participant: Jocelyn | May 2019

this is the hike crouching lion on the island of Oahu! i was given the opportunity to move to the island and am loving every second since i’ve been here. there are endless ways to incorporate our mother earth as a workout and my favorite is hiking! whenever i get overwhelmed or feel imposter syndrome start to come up i can go out, hike up and every step i take, every breath... i can feel myself becoming grounded. i always leave an offering when hiking to thank the creator for providing me the health to see these views. i also leave an offering for mother earth for giving me herself and taking me in. making sure i am safe, protected and grounded. i love the culture behind hawai’i and their stories that bring me back to the memories of my tribal elders telling me their stories. hawaiian people’s been through so much and i am grateful they have allowed me to take in their mokupuni (island). thank you for this opportunity to share about my experience here. LamLamt (thank you) tʻuʔqʷščpuʔš jocelyn moore

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Participant: Joclyn | Jul 2019

Subsistence is our way of life that has been past down from my mother, and her mother, and so on. Fishing for salmon and gathering our native foods is more than nutrition to us. It’s sharing experiences, stories, and teaching the next generation.

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Participant: Jojo | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Re-named/Re-claim

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Participant: Jojo | Jul 2019

My sister and I learned how to make porcupine quil earrings at the Mary Murray Cultural Camp building on Sugar Island, Michigan. We enjoyed eating with our relatives up North and paid our respects to a family member who had passed on and was buried on Sugar Island.

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Participant: Joseph | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Morning drive to school with my mom and sisters.

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Participant: Joshuaa | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Teach

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Participant: Kaitlyn | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Honor

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Participant: Kaloni | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Grace

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Participant: Kameica | May 2019

Hello, my name is Kameica R. Yazzie: I am a Navajo woman from Low Mountain, Arizona. I was born on the Hopi reservation in a small town called Keams Canyon. Growing up on the Navajo Reservation I had no access to a fancy gym. Therefore, I found joy in running outside my house. where I live there are a lot of sandy hills and this made an excellent running course for me. I would love to state that I love incline and found it as a stress reliever because I notice ever since I started running I was less stress.

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Participant: Kassidy | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Amazing

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Participant: Katie | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Happiness

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Participant: Kimberly | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Storytellers

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Participant: Kylee | Jul 2019

My submission is an image of me beading on a loom. A lot of my heritage and culture was lost with my great great grandfather. My mother taught herself most of the culture and heritage that our family has lost through the generations and she has made sure I am learning too.

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Participant: Kylei | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 ᓴᐨᒉᓴᓬ “Successful”

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Participant: Lacie | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Bittersweet

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Participant: Laqueta | Jan 2020

My submission is about the goals I have for school and a sport I like to play but am not very good at.

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Participant: Lathan | Aug 2019

This year I want to graduate and then strive toward my goal to be a high school teacher bat while preserving my culture.

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Participant: Leticia | May 2019

Hiking to see that beautiful view of my homelands, Payahüünadü “the place where water flows”.

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Participant: Lisa | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Always doing anything to help my baby girl and those who suffer from MS. "TEAM QUEENIE" MS Walk 2018..

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Participant: Logan | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Lit

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Participant: Logan | Sep 2019

My support system is my church family especially the ones who serve doing praise and worship with me. They are always here to help me with any struggle or problem.

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Participant: Maleyna | Aug 2019

My submission is about what I want to do in my life

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Participant: Maria | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Pop Socket. . Glorious

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Participant: Marissa | Jul 2019

Myself, my mom and cousins participating in our ceremonial “Buffalo Dance” during Greencorn weekend. Greencorn is the celebration of the new year for each individual Ceremonial ground.

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Participant: Marissa | Jul 2019

I am Alutiiq (Alaskan Native). After contact from Russia and then Europe, our population and culture was dwindled down to nearly nothing. For a long time it was discouraging to me that I didn't look Native and that I didn't know much about my tribe and I didn't know what the future held for my tribe. Recently our tribe began to find history and artifacts that help our future to learn about our culture. Me and my mom have helped to put together the first Alutiiq culture camp for the Pacific Northwest that consisted of 25 eager learners and 5 teachers from early teens to our elders. It was a four day camp where we learned about our history, traditions, and our culture. It was an amazing, emotional, and encouraging opportunity to learn about my culture and it gave me a new hope and pride for my tribe. This just happened a month ago and we're already planning for our next one in 2020 to be bigger and even more of a learning opportunity.

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Participant: Mason | Jun 2019

I love going to LGBT prides and going to powwows as myself and not who people want me to be.

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Participant: Mason | Jul 2019

I represent my tribe by helping my elders whenever I can and if they want to I listen to there story’s about our tribe in the past and how it’s changed. I believe we can not break the cycle unless we know what happened in the past. I don’t only help the elders just to get their stories, I help them because I care about our elders. I hope they live, and have lived a long and happy life, and If I can be a part of that I will always try to do my best.

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Participant: Mason | Aug 2019

Some goals for me this school year is to make the best yearbook I can and to graduate!!

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Participant: Matthew | Sep 2019

My support system is provided through my grandparents. My parents couldn’t take care of me at the time due to my mom being in the Army and my dad between jobs. For a brief time after I was born they took care of me. From that point on, they’ve been involved in everything that I do and supportive of my choices in life, including my enlistment in the Navy. To this day they still cheer me on and I do my best to see them every now and then. I’m grateful that they’re still here on earth, just a call away. Much love and respect for my Nali Mom and Papa.

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Participant: mattie | Dec 2019

This is a picture of our Native American lunch meeting that takes place every Wednesday. We have a lot of fun learning about our culture and traditions.

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Participant: Mekhi | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Resilient

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Participant: Melanie | Jun 2019

My favorite summer activity is exploring new places with my family. This is my cousin at a park we found. I love capturing pictures to remember the moment :).

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Participant: mike | Jul 2019

it's just me.

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Participant: Mistaya | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 2018 was a year full of heartbreak, happiness, new experiences, traditions and love. I’m so thankful I made it to another wonderful year to experience everything all over again. I lost people, friends, family, boyfriend but through that I gained people I never thought I’d have to chance to know. I got a job as an infant toddler teacher at Port Gamble S’Klallam Early Education Center and instantly fell in love with all 8 of my WONDERFUL children. I went to my first festival (pictured), and it was utterly life changing. I found my place in the world w all of the loving people that surround me. I can’t wait to embark on this 2019 adventure and see what the world is going to throw at me next.

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Participant: Molly | Nov 2019

My Indigenous hero is my uncle, Robert Boldeagle. He is my powwow dad that has taken care of me at every powwow for as long as I can remember. When I had my coming of age ceremony, he gifted me my first eagle feather and I cried like a baby, the gift is already strong medicine and it just meant that much more coming from him. He is the elder I look to so I can learn everything I can from prayers to sweat lodges. He is also the one that taught me the importance of knowing our language. I still remember the first time he prayed over the drum in our native language, I was so amazed and moved. One day, I hope to have as much knowledge as him.

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Participant: Nakiya | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 Blessed

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Participant: Nakoda | Nov 2019

It’s my cat and boyfriend they help me through this rough patch I’ve been going through. I lost a friend and I’ve been struggling so much but they keep me going everyday pushing me to be positive and to do my work in school.

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Participant: Nataanii | Feb 2019

During February, we asked you to share what your favorite nonverbal way to show affection is. Check out Nataanii's and all of this month's submissions! My favorite nonverbal way to show affection is with planning a small or simple surprise. For example, going out to dinner, seeing a movie, visiting a museum, or taking a trip to do something we’ve never done before.

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Participant: Natane | Jun 2019

Hi I have been a jingle dancer for 9 years. I was the Salem/Keizer Indian Ed Student Representative for Native youths for years 2018-2019 and will also be for school years 2019-2020. I dance for healing and my family. When I enter the arena my face immediately lifts into a smile. I feel so excited to be dancing my heart out in front of everyone, showing my compassion to be dancing jingle and help heal. When I hear the drums and can feel the flow of the beat I feel the stress of the day leave me and go into my dance. Going to powwow's is my favorite summer activity because I get to learn, dance, and see my grandma proud. My favorite jingle style is to do the side step.

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Participant: Nathaniel | Aug 2019

I chose my first goal because I recognize that I need some major improvements in my time management and I chose my second goal because my university has a lot of really cool and interesting clubs to choose from so it’s going to be hard to pick just a few!

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Participant: Nautica | Dec 2019

we meet every wednesday for mettings.

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Participant: Niky | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Reflection and Peace

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Participant: Olivia | Feb 2019

During February, we asked you to share what your favorite nonverbal way to show affection is. Check out Olivia's and all of this month's submissions! I love my family, my grandma passed away recently and it's just my grandma and my aunt now

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Participant: Paige | Aug 2019

One goal I would like to accomplish is to take more detailed notes. Another would be interact with my classmates more!

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Participant: Paige | Aug 2019

This fall I will be attending the Institute of American Indian Arts. I am excited to be in an artistic environment surrounded by various indigenous cultures, and I am ready for all the changes and growth I will experience. I want to share Chickasaw culture with others through my artwork, and I want to learn about other Native American cultures. Chokma'shki!

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Participant: Pamela | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Spiritual

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Participant: Priya | Jul 2019

This photo is when my aunty Monica graduated with her Masters Degree from ASU. This photo is special to me because it shows three generations of White Mountain Apache. My grandma Rosie (red campdress), my Mom (purple campdress), and me (in green). I tend to cherish these moments because I don’t visit my Apache roots that often because I live near the Navajo Nation.

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Participant: Priya | Nov 2019

My brother Dwayne Simpson is my Indigenous hero. The word that I can describe him as is irreplaceable. He risks his life everyday to ensure the safety of many lives. Dwayne Simpson is one of the few Indigenous State Police Offers in New Mexico. I love my brother and there will never be any one who could fill his shoes. This is why I choose the word irreplaceable for my brother, my indigenous hero.

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Participant: Quincy | Mar 2019

My favorite indigenous food is the chinook salmon or in my native language nusux. it is nutritious and healthy and is a big part of my life.

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Participant: Ratu | Aug 2019

As a recent high school graduate I look forward to the challenges of preparing myself to attend my first year of college. I will be living on campus and it will be my first time away from home and my family. The two most important goals I hope to achieve is becoming self sufficient and organized in my first year of college as a freshman. I will have a rigorous academic schedule in my pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and IT Technology. Secondly I would like to work on campus while interacting and familiarizing myself with the structure and social climate of a large university. I am looking forward to reaching my goals!

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Participant: Raven | Jun 2019

My favorite summertime activity is going on the Canoe Journey with my friends and family! This picture is my cousin & I pulling in the canoe on our way to Puyallup last summer.

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Participant: Ruben | Jan 2019

In January we asked you to share how you plan to be #wellforculture this year and pledge to make 2019 your best year yet. The ground on which we stand on is sacred ground .It is the blood of our ancestors.

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Participant: Ruth | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 This picture was taken at a dam and this dam is very special. After a 12 day ceremony, my family and friends will go to this lake and relax. This ceremony we practice are the ways of the Oglala Lakotas. I live in Skok but I practice my Lakota ways. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and to summarize my year in a word is Phenomenal.

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Participant: Ruth | Aug 2019

I am pictured second from the right. Some background on me— I have a passion for helping young Native students near my university and hometown to pursue higher education or some type of workforce. I have been meeting these young warriors for the past 3 years and I plan to keep visiting them. My goals are to keep a consistent relationship with all my students in order to achieve the best outcome possible. I share my personal experiences from prepping for college to being a current college student, in addition to relaying advice I have obtained from mentors I have connected with throughout my adolescence.

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Participant: Sadie | Jul 2019

Me

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Participant: Sandee | Aug 2019

My goals that I want to accomplish is making more friends. I also want to go to school and make sure that the new kids in the school feel welcome. I want to have good grades and graduate this coming school year #2020grad

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Participant: Sara | Jun 2019

I spend a lot of time in our community garden with our Native fraternity (Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma), growing fresh produce for our Cherokee elders. It’s a great way to relieve stress and feel good about the work we are doing to to help address food insecurity in our Native communities.

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Participant: Sara | Aug 2019

Overcoming my major anxiety with being around a lot of people. Overcoming my fears that I'm not good enough in school

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Participant: Sarah | Jun 2019

Fishing for Walleye like we do every year and having wonderful family time!

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Participant: Sarai | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 happiness

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Participant: Scottlyn | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Culture

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Participant: Shareka | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 CULTURE

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Participant: Shareka | Nov 2019

One Word: Advocate My hero is Martin Sensmeier. I had the pleasure of meeting him last year and gifting him an eagle feather and a Pinecone Patchwork (significant to the Lumbee people because we are the people of the pine). If I had to describe Martin in one word I would say he is an "advocate" to not only me but to alot of people. He is an untiring advocate to the Native people at the Boys & Girls clubs of America. When I met him he did a meet and greet session at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lumbee Tribe of NC, he inspired me to continue my education and to pursue dreams I have. He let me know that we have to start from the bottom and not settle for less but push to rise to the top and get what I want in life. Since then I have pushed to get the job promotion at the Boys & Girls club I work at. Thanks Martin for everything you do.

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Participant: Sheyanne | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Blessed

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Participant: Sophia | Aug 2019

Something I want to accomplish by this month is staying sober and getting back into school and finishing my AA..

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Participant: Sophie | Jan 2019

In January we asked you to share how you plan to be #wellforculture this year and pledge to make 2019 your best year yet. For 2019 I'm ready for anything. I would fall and fail many times but I had many people to help me back up. Even though I was stubborn and felt like people would see me as weak no one ever did. I had so many changes good and bad but I always kept my head up high, I notice these years in my life are going to be important. I'm gonna be an adult and I just know that I need to stop worrying and try my best so future me can be ready for anything and walk a path that is unknown but I won't be scared. A path that holds my family, friends, and culture. is the best path I will follow for success.

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Participant: Sophie | Sep 2019

For as long as I can remember my support system was always my little siblings. They were there for me whenever I needed something whether it was a shoulder to cry on or advice they gave it all and many more. Although they can get on my nerves sometimes I still love them to the bottom of my heart. When we were going through some tough times my siblings were always there right by my side. I come from a big family but out of all my older siblings, the younger ones were easier to talk to. They never fail to make me smile or laugh and I’ve had nothing but good times with them. The saying "Ohana means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten". I always think of that when I'm with them.

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Participant: Steven | Aug 2019

Throughout my years of college tours I've always had so many native advisers saying they need more native doctors! And I always agreed with helping native youth see the opportunities they have in college. Therefore we need more Native youth councils with benefits in them to motivate the native youth to get good grades. I would like to also give credit to two youth councils that have changed my road of trials in life and motivated me to go towards my careers. Also with my current position within these youth councils: Tribal Images Youth Council (president) Tucson Native Youth Council (Male Co-president) Making a difference for the future native leaders of tomorrow!

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Participant: SuEllen | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Valiant

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Participant: Suzanne | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Friendship

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Participant: Sxwlekws | Jun 2019

I love powwowing I like to see my family and friends at powwows, and drums, and songs at powwows.

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Participant: Taejonon | Aug 2019

I completed my first goal: register for classes. Thanks to my New Student Orientation Leaders! I am registered for 16 credit hours. My second goal is to “get into the groove”, college is a big change; the work ethic is different from high school; responsibilities become solely up to the student. But I know, I can, and I will get into the groove and slay my first year as a Freshman Native Scholar.

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Participant: Taliah | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 I chose one of my senior pictures. I recently graduated from Shelton High School and I chose this picture because it captures a bit of my culture and the true me...a very strong, confident and very proud Native. Thank you for your consideration ~Taliah Elguero

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Participant: Tanu | Jun 2019

5th grade promotion ceremony.

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Participant: Tara | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 This picture was taken after a Medicine Bag workshop that I helped to organize and teach for our community. Knowing that I have such a strong supportive community behind me has really influenced my career choices because I know when I need them they will be there for me. I am currently applying to medical schools and the outpouring of love and encouragement from this community has been overwhelming in such a beautiful way. The word I would use to describe this picture is: bami'aagan (supported one)

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Participant: Taryn | Jul 2019

This is a picture of my sister and I, she is our newly crowned Miss Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Princess 2019-2020 and travel to powwows every weekend.

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Participant: Taylara | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 this is of me at ncnayo

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Participant: Tayler | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 I had the honor to be a Happy Canyon Princess and not only to represent Happy Canyon but my community, my family and my culture here I went to Portland Oregon for the Rose parade and I saw this little boy on the curb so I pulled out a flower from my saddle flowers and waved to his dad to bring him so I can give him this flower because a small act of kindness can go along way. Through out my reign I was put in front of a big group of people who wanted to learn more about my culture and myself and everyone had a different story and I cherish the new friendships that I had made along the way.

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Participant: Tiahna | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo or video that reflects your 2018 🙂 Being native is amazing. Being in a Unity group gives me opportunities to meet new people every year hear about other tribes. Also to see new people.

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Participant: Tierra | Aug 2019

Looking at my acceptance letter on laptop, I want to learn to transition and adjust to college life. Another goal is to keep my drive and determination in college work.

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Participant: Tina | Apr 2019

We thank the good Lord above everyday and we protect and cherish mother Earth to the best of our ability

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Participant: Tyler | Jan 2019

In January we asked you to share how you plan to be #wellforculture this year and pledge to make 2019 your best year yet. 2018 was a good one. Blessed to make it! 2019 with many more blessings !

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Participant: Wanese | Feb 2019

During February, we asked you to share what your favorite nonverbal way to show affection is. Check out Wanese and all of this month's submissions! Hello there, Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love and receiving love in anyway possible. I love this day of the year because it’s the day to appreciate all the little things in life. My daughter was born on 1/19/19. She is the greatest thing to ever happen to us! A nonverbal affection that we both show to her is just giving her everything we can and loving her and caring for her in every possible way. She is our image of love. It goes saying “love comes in all shapes and sizes.”

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Participant: Winfield | Jun 2019

Me and my friend Kyrell enjoy going to Pow-Wows alot! This keeps us very fit and very happy!

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Participant: Winona | Aug 2019

My goals this academic year is to maintain above a 3.5 gpa, and make the deans list for my last year of college. Also to stay focused on continuing my learning of the language, teachings and traditional arts.

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Participant: Yoiwmana | Aug 2019

I spent my entire summer in the hospital because of a sports injury to my right foot that got infected. My whole life all I have known and loved was sports. This year I will be a senior but my future in sports doesn't look too bright which is heartbreaking to me. I always try my best to be positive, so my goal for this year is to become more involved with other school activities or clubs that I missed out on because of sports. Also to focus on myself and have hope.

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Participant: Zachary | Dec 2018

During December, we asked you to submit a photo that reflects your 2018 🙂 This is my favorite moment of 2018. For my birthday, my parents bought me and my friend Brooke Simpson VIP tickets. We had the chance to met Brooke Simpson and we had 2nd row seats! Brooke is such a sweetheart and has such a kind soul.

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Participant: Zoe | Dec 2018

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