My Impact

2018 Contests

Last Month’s Winners

Additional 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: 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: 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: 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: Brad | Dec 2018

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

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Dillon | Dec 2018

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

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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: 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: 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: Glorianna | Dec 2018

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

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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: 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: Jerene | Dec 2018

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

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Mekhi | Dec 2018

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

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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: Nakiya | Dec 2018

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

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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: Pamela | Dec 2018

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

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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: 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: Sheyanne | Dec 2018

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

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Wanderlust

2017

Winning Entries from 2017

Contest EntryThomas & Vivian
We asked you to submit a picture of what GIVING BACK means to you, and share how you're making a positive difference in your tribe or community. Make GIVING a part of who you are, and not just something you do. Every year we set up our EagleTinyHouse for holiday cheer... We do the Father Christmas, with old world style! We try to teach the old ways, giving, not receiving is the greatest of gifts we get! We live and teach 7 Generations Thinking ✨ For our Children’s Children!
1st PlaceStephen
We asked you to submit a picture of what GIVING BACK means to you, and share how you're making a positive difference in your tribe or community. Make GIVING a part of who you are, and not just something you do. The best way of giving back is to do good deeds expecting nothing in return nor admiration. Sometimes the best thing you can give is a smile. And a warm hug.
1st PlaceCheyenne
We asked you to submit a picture of what GIVING BACK means to you, and share how you're making a positive difference in your tribe or community. Make GIVING a part of who you are, and not just something you do. Hi my name is Cheyenne, I like to give back. I raised money for cancer patients at Seattle Children's hospital because what it means to give back to me is to help people who need it the most. I chose to represent our community by raising money and helping out cancer patients as my family has a long line of cancer patients in it. I really enjoy helping, it makes me feel successful and awesome and the money I win with this contest I am going to donate to our community women's shelter because I believe that love comes in different ways and giving back to our community is what I will do. I am planning on buying a small Christmas dinner for the women at the shelter who don't have the money to do things thank you !
Contest EntryNate
We asked you to submit a picture of what GIVING BACK means to you, and share how you're making a positive difference in your tribe or community. Make GIVING a part of who you are, and not just something you do. We had a culture camp a couple years back and the kids absolutely loved when we introduced them to our traditional games. The photo is courtesy of Michael Meuers a local journalist/liason whom also works closely with our language department.
Contest EntryTarren
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. This is Chemawa Indian School in our assembly when WeRNative were here. We come from Wisconsin, Wyoming Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and Oklahoma.
Contest EntryFranklin (Mato’opi)
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. It is me working hard driveing a dump truck spending weeks months away from home to take care of my elder who is my mom it is tradition
2nd PlaceMiranda
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. We are stronger because We R Native, our culture is so powerful, we are not alone, we can change the world,we change our community. We have what our ancestors fought for, I believe that we are stronger because We R Native.
Contest EntryShavaughn
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. As we dance side by side enjoying the traditions our Creator has given us. We also share it with the next generation. #blessed #WMAT #togetherWeRStrong
1st PlaceRatu
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. I honor my Native American and Indigenous Heritage not only in November but 365 days of the year! I volunteer and do community service through my High School. I represent myself as a proud Native American who is active in a variety of activities in my community where we are few, to show that we are still here and that we an important part of our society. Many people are still uneducated about our diverse cultures and identity and think we don't exist. Proudly Representing Native Pride!!!!
3rd PlaceBrianna
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. This picture is of my uncle and my nephew and the very reason why We Are Stronger Together because my uncle teaches me about my culture and the importance of keeping our traditions alive. Having my uncle as a role model is why We Are Stronger Together and I am forever thankful for all the strong males figures in my life.
Contest EntryTwila
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. Salish & Kootenai - leaders, sisters, friends, students, daughters, and grandchildren demonstrating - love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, faithfulness and self-control.
Contest EntryCaleb
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. I have this old BIA map from my great granddad, and I thought that would be pretty creative from the hashtag #manytribesonenation. Our Colville reservation is a confederation of 12 different tribes in north central Washington, so that’s cool!
3rd PlaceMia
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. Before I took this, I was brushing my hair out and I remembered all the stories I was told of beautiful Lakota woman. And I realized why I take so much pride in my hair. It's because it is who I am. My hair defines me and creates a connection between me and my people. When I brush my hair. I brush out all the negativity that clung to me that day. It becomes a fresh start. And when I braid my hair, I braid in all the thoughts of happiness and health. It's a healing process. My hair. Is who I am.
Contest EntryRoman
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. The day I registered for the summer camp jr. Counselor. Being a role model and big brother to the younger ones is very important to me as well as being open to learn new things with them. AII clubhouse has given me opportunities to learn more of my heritage. There's so much more I want to learn and going to our reservation is very important for me going forward. The flags behind me represent the nation's of other Native tribes. My tribe, the Senecas, are the Keepers of the Western Door.
Contest EntryDeidhra
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. A picture of my granddaughter Ava, my two niece'e Tiera & Ecko. Our next Generation of Native Women Chippewa Cree girls
Contest EntryWhaaKaDup
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. Just little Ole Mee. Living Our Ways of LIFE
Contest EntryCheyenne
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. We are stronger together because we are all family we are like wheels on a car if one of us break we can't do anything we are stronger together cause without each other we wouldn't have our elders to teach us the culture tat has been passed down for generations we are strongerror together because without friends and family we wouldn't know who we are and where we come from we are stronger together because we are the generation that is going to keep us alive as native Americans we are stronger together because we are one nation the native nation we are the culture that is best defined by our people we all represent being native together we are stronger together because if we don't have each other who is going to pick us up when we fall we are strong because we are native and we are proud to be who we are and we are proud of where we cone from we are stronger together because without each other we could not keep the culture alive we are stronger together because we are the life of our people we are native!
Contest EntryCheyenne
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. We are stronger together because we are all family we are like wheels on a car if one of us break we can't do anything we are stronger together cause without each other we wouldn't have our elders to teach us the culture tat has been passed down for generations we are strongerror together because without friends and family we wouldn't know who we are and where we come from we are stronger together because we are the generation that is going to keep us alive as native Americans we are stronger together because we are one nation the native nation we are the culture that is best defined by our people we all represent being native together we are stronger together because if we don't have each other who is going to pick us up when we fall we are strong because we are native and we are proud to be who we are and we are proud of where we cone from we are stronger together because without each other we could not keep the culture alive we are stronger together because we are the life of our people we are native! "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children" -- Sitting Bull
Contest EntryCheyenne
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. We are stronger together because we are all family we are like wheels on a car if one of us break we can't do anything we are stronger together cause without each other we wouldn't have our elders to teach us the culture tat has been passed down for generations we are strongerror together because without friends and family we wouldn't know who we are and where we come from we are stronger together because we are the generation that is going to keep us alive as native Americans we are stronger together because we are one nation the native nation we are the culture that is best defined by our people we all represent being native together we are stronger together because if we don't have each other who is going to pick us up when we fall we are strong because we are native and we are proud to be who we are and we are proud of where we cone from we are stronger together because without each other we could not keep the culture alive we are stronger together because we are the life of our people we are native! "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children" -- Sitting Bull
Contest EntrySandra
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. We are one nation and standing together with other
Contest EntryConnie
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. Being Native is beautiful
Contest EntryRichard
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. I support all native american programs such as school sponsored powwows and story telling
Contest EntryStephen
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. We are stronger together, because together we are heard across not just this nation, but through mother earth herself. We are stronger together, and no man will succeed in separating us. Only together can we make a place our children can freely and prosperously grow with peace in mind. "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children" -- Sitting Bull
Contest EntryKrystal
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to submit a selfie and share why we are stronger together. It was simply nothing to hard
Contest EntryJohnny
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. You can speak up for peoples being bullied
Contest EntryMelissa
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. We take the pledge to stop bullying in our schools and community. My name is Melissa C. and I am 21 years old and I am the Librarian & Youth Program Coordinator for the Yerington Paiute Tribe in Yerington, Nevada. I am so fortunate to have such eager and dedicated youth in my community. Lorci F. (left) and Maddie B. (right) came into my office one day and asked, “How can we volunteer? ...We want to be leaders.” I say, “Its anti-bullying & domestic violence awareness month. Let’s raise awareness about bullying.” Maddie, Lorci, and I researched the subject and found a pact on girlshealth.gov and chose to swear by it. Next week (Oct. 23-27, 2017) is Domestic Violence Awareness week in our community. Our Human Services Department is putting on a parade walk through our tribal neighborhoods to raise Domestic Violence Awareness and we will be walking in the parade with our signs to raise anti-bullying awareness. In addition, Maddie. Lorci, and I are in the works of putting together an anti-bullying presentation to give to our ‘Taboosi Youth Club’, our tribal youth club for 5th-12th graders. In retrospect, bullying is a problem in every community. It’s up to us as leaders, young and old, to step up, do something, and make a difference, so we have a positive impact in our communities. I, as a tribal leader, applaud my youth for stepping up and taking the initiative to be leaders to their peers.
1st PlaceRaziel
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. Hau! My is Raziel, and I'm Sicangu Lakota from the Lower Brule and Rosebud reservations in South Dakota, but I grew up in Arizona and California. I'm sorry I didn't submit a selfie, but instead this is a picture of myself (I'm in braids on the left) and my friends in a longest hair contest for boys at the annual Dancing Feathers Youth Powwow in San Francisco. My mom and I sponsor this contest to help Native boys feel more confident in their choice to keep their hair long. It's important to support these boys and men because we are always getting bullied for our long hair. I get called a girl a lot, people have touched and pulled my hair, and even tried cutting it. It's wrong for any bullying to happen, but it hurts especially bad when it's something from your culture that they're picking on. It seems like it's often by people who don't understand what hair means to Natives. People have said to me and other boys that "it's just hair", but it's not. My hair is a deep connection to the earth, my ancestors, and who I am as a Lakota man. I think education is really important to ending bullying because bullying often seems to stem from ignorance. I would end bullying about educating people more, increasing their empaty and decreasing their ignorance. Also supporting boys with long hair with positive words, encouragement, and more events like this and Boys With Braids. Pilamayayelo!
Contest EntryCheyenne
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. Hi my name is Cheyenne What we would do to stop bullying is stand up for our native people we are all family and we all need to take care of eachother no matter what so if we someone bullying we will stop and say "hey that's not ok this is family you're in native country you should treat everyone with respect. " by treating everyone with respect you will earn the respect you deserve. I would also sit down and explain why I stopped what they were doing. I would tell them " bullying is not okay cause the golden rule is always to treat people the way you would want to be treated and if you treat people badly that's how people could choose to treat you.... I know I might be being a bit ruff but I think you need to understand that we are all family here at at lummi nation High School and even though someone isn't blood doesn't mean you should treat them any different from what you do with respectable elders or you sisters or brothers. " Stop the bullying because it not the awnser..
3rd PlaceCheyenne
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. Hi my name is Cheyenne, I was bullied so I am so proud of the people who enter this contest. My aunt was the person I looked up to. Growing up she gave me tough love and taught me the bullying is not okay and to stand up for my cousins just as I would my friend or my sister and brothers. What we would do to stop bullying is stand up for our native people. We are all family and we all need to take care of each other no matter what. So if we see someone bullying we will stop and say "hey that's not ok this is family you're in native country you should treat everyone with respect. " By treating everyone with respect you will earn the respect you deserve. I would also sit down and explain why I stopped what they were doing. I would tell them " bullying is not okay cause the golden rule is always to treat people the way you would want to be treated and if you treat people badly that's how people could choose to treat you.... I know I might be being a bit ruff but I think you need to understand that we are all family here at Lummi Nation High School. Even though someone isn't blood doesn't mean you should treat them any different from what you do with respectable elders or your sisters or brothers. " Stop the bullying because it not the answer..
Contest EntryRobin
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. These are my most favorite little cousins. I take care of them all the time.
Contest EntryAurora
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. If someone is being bullied then we can talk to the person being bullied and make them feel better about themselves and talk to the bully about what they were doing and how it affects others.
Contest EntryCaleb
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. When I was younger I always had only seen bullies on TV never really in my own life, I’ve always been blessed to not have been bullied or never to never do that deed myself. Now that I’m olde and in high school I realize a lot of my “friends” are kinda shity people to others, I know my place and that’s equal to everyone else. Luckily my school is big enough to where you can find people who are the absolute best and the type of people that I’m gonna be their friend for a lifetime, they’re the best kinda people for me. I know you didn’t ask for this but I’m gonna share anyway hahaha. This last spring we decided to go behind this huge sand hill climb this hill into this skinny and deep canyon we call the Crevoss, in the Crevoss there is a cave that you can climb in, so we did and had a fire it was raining too, it was so much fun we had food and everything I got really close to these people that day because we eventually got arrested and banned for bureau property.
Contest EntryLacey Bacon
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. No body was born a bully .. teach your children to treat others with love and respect from the beginning
Contest EntryBrenden
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. My submission is a picture of me and my uncles. Why I chose this picture is because in the Hopi way you look up to your uncles and they teach you certain thing about life and your responsibilities. They showed me multiple things but one I take to heart is how they looked after everybody in the family and through the village as well. They were the “older brothers” I didn’t have, so when I went through bullying at schools they were the ones I could go to. Growing up it always seemed that they were the ones bullying me cause I was always so much younger but really they were just preparing me for real life. What they did, made me a better person because I would see kids getting bullied all the time and most people won’t do anything. Although l, I was raised a little different I was the sheep dog for example protecting the heard of sheep from the wolf. I was the kid that would always fight the bullies no matter how big or small. Well I am much older now and have 2 nephews that go to elementary school and they are going to school and getting bullied. So it is now my responsibility to be tough on my nephews but let them know that I will always be there for them but at the same time build their self esteem and teach them to stand up for not just themselves but the other kids who may be effected by bullying. So I hope I am as great of an uncle to my nephews as my uncles were to me. Much thanks, Brenden Dallas
2nd PlaceSheyanne
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! During the month of October, we asked you to share what can you do if someone is being bullied. I adore this contest because bullying is a real problem in many different communities and it's great to bring light to a situation like this to make others think of what to do if it happens in front of them, because every role in that situation is important. I was personally victimized by verbal bullying in highschool my sophomore year by someone I was assigned to sit next to, and the bullying would occur everyday the moment I got to my seat. I was super embarrassed of the rude things the individual was saying to me and I didn't want others to hear it, so I ignored him and never told anyone and every day it messed with me and made me more sad. It wasn't until I walked out of class with tears being upset that someone noticed it was happening to me. My friend in this picture walked out after me, and asked me what was wrong and I told her, so she wiped my tears and was there for me and it made me feel like I wasn't alone. Then my teacher went outside and asked me what was wrong so I told her and she assigned him to sit in another spot. I know how it feels to be bullied at the very least so if it was happening to someone near me or in front of me I would first stop any rumors going around, support the person to let them know I'm there for them, and tell an adult or have the victim talk to an adult about it, because bottling it up is dangerous.
Contest EntryOlalekan
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! To promote health awareness in the campus about Hiv/Aids
Contest EntryAtun
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! I go to Long Beach State University. I am in my 3rd year. I'm majoring in Kinesiology Exercise Science to become a physical therapist. This university is a long way from home and I've enjoyed the journey. I really like my school and I'm happy to be a part of numerous clubs and organizations on campus. Specifically the American Indian Student Council. We put on one of the biggest student ran powwow around. I can't wait to see what else comes my way.
Contest EntryTayton
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! I am currently going to college and I am working towards cooking and hopefully add like digital media design. I am working towards working with Nike Headquarters in their shoe designing department and help deign shoes.
Contest EntryTiara
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! I attend the University of Utah. My goals for this school year is to maintain a 3.9 or above GPA, make the deans list, and finish the first classes for my Bachelors of Science degree in Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry. I also plan to make many friends in my classes, and break out of my shell of shyness.
Contest EntryTyana
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! As you can see this is my photo of my school which is Bloomfeild High School. This area of my school means alot to me. Also were I achieved some of my goals. Including being crowned Miss BHS Nashdoí. Another goal I achieved was meeting a group of friends during freshmen year. I was very antisocial. Now my goals as a student here at Bloomfeild High School is to graduate. Eventually to continue my education by going to college. What I want to do is go towards the medical field. I want to later in life hopefully become an orthopedic surgeon. Those are just my big dreams I planned for the future. For my high school goals this year I am part of a club called Community Builders I am also the president of this club. Which I really enjoy doing not only because it will look good on my resume because I get to help my community as well. Being a indigenous person in a little school in a little town it's always best to see people happy and enjoy life as much as I can. That's what I want to see around here I want to be known as a leader and someone to trust. In conclusion these are some of my goals waiting to be achieved slowly. That's why this specific area means so much to me. This place us where it all starts. Thank you.
3rd PlaceCarmelita
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! This photo is of my mentor, Chelsea Wesner. She is a graduate professor at the University of South Dakota in the Department of Public Health. She mentored me in my research this summer at the Sanford School of Medicine where I studied the American Indian representation in the SD community health needs assessments.
Contest EntryCasandra
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! In this tipi is where I figured out where I want to go in life. Keeping the Lakota history, culture, and language has always been very important to me. Receiving my AA from here in Lakota Studies and learning everyday from local elders was such a humbling experience. Unfortunately this year I had no choice but to change my major to Liberal Arts. So my goals for this year include; keeping up with my work so I can graduate with my Bachelors this year, and to decide on a Masters program in Cultural Anthropology to apply to. -Sinte Gelska University
Contest EntryJessica
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! On March 7, 1887, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (what was then called Croatan Normal School) was established after legislation sponsored by Representative Hamilton McMillan of Robeson County was enacted by the General Assembly of North Carolina. The law, which was in response to a petition from American Indians of the area, established a Board of Trustees and appropriated $500 to be used only for salaries. The school was established to train American Indian teachers. Forever proud to be a Brave!🖤💛
Contest EntryAaronessa
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! I want to succeed in school, by graduating and getting up there. I am thinking about going to college. I love school, I love my physiology class. I love learning about my body. And I love that I get to see my friends.
Contest EntryDani
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! I'm attending George Fox. I'm playing basketball and I plan on majoring in social work. From this school year I hope to become a better person. I'm surrounded by an amazing and loving community and I hope I learn to be as loving as others. On the basketball side, my team and I are both looking to go to Nationals like they have done in years prior. I look forward to growing with this team and taking home a national championship.
Contest EntryAleshia
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! This is the heart of East Carolina University’s campus. The ECU fountain.
1st PlaceSonya
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! My name is Sonya, I am a 5th year college student at Seattle Pacific University. I am majoring in psychology with a music minor. I play the tuba in the college band. My senior year, I started the process of making a Native American and Indeginous people's club, much like the First Nations clubs at other colleges. I have been working dillegently to introduce Native American heritage to campus. From acknowledging Duwamish land and introducing the president at the largest gathering on campus called Day of Common Learning to teaching carving with my friend Thunderheart Williams (8th generation carver). I brought a few of my colleagues back to my own tribal lands for a powwow field trip on the Kitsap Pennisula. I am a student leader for the Multi-Cultural program's Early Connections program for students who are of multi-ethnicities, low-income, multi-ligual, or first generation students. We are committed to making an excepting family community on campus to help as a support system. We are a growing community considering our school is prodomentally higher class and not ethnically diverse over all. I was an intern for Seattle Indian Health Board, where I helped with community meals and signing up kids for boy/girl/cub scouts. My hope for this year is to finish the requirments to make my club official. I want to graduate in the spring. I want to see my sister graduate from Northwest Indian College during the winter. I plan to communicate with other schools First Nations clubs for develop new and fun ideas for students. I would love to influence younger students to become interested in music/band. In the future, I hope to help tribal adoption workers and maybe become one myself.
2nd PlaceKylei
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! My goal for 2017-2018 school year is to be more involved with school. I've recently started a Native American club at my high school. I'm the founding president of it and have successfully had a Suicide Prevention Awareness walk and Candlelight visual. My next goal is to open up to the community and share the hardship that Native Americans face in their lifetime. I'm also hoping to get accepted into an Native American art school (IAIA). In hopes of becoming a leader and role model there too.
Contest EntryMariah
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! Dai s'la! My campus photo is from my first day on campus as a transfer student at Oregon State University with my freshly printed student identification card. My goals for this year include completing majority of my prerequisites for pre-pharmacy applications and finishing up my bachelor of science with a major in biohealth science and a minor in chemistry. I'm excited for all of the science opportunities that OSU offers, and I look forward to joining clubs and becoming more involved on campus throughout my experience here.
Contest EntryCamden
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! My main goal in life is to become one of the greatest inspirational musicians of the century. Rocking out this world until it hates me.
Contest EntryPatricia
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! Noorvik cross country september 9,2017
Contest EntryKylei
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! My goals for the school year is to successfully lead my Native American Club into greatness. Become a known leader of my community with the work what I do for my school. Also, to get accepted into my dream college, Institute of American Indian Arts.
Contest EntryAurora
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! For this school year I hope to complete all my prerequisites for medical school
Contest EntryCheyenne
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! This year I am dreaming and will make an impact on my lummi nation school although I am not of there people I can share hope. I will continue to sing there songs and play stick games while learning their language which is a class here at lummi nation high.I will become a part of this nation and share my culture and songs with the lummi nation teens I will use the light and give them hope and help them charish the culture they have as once before we were not allowed to speak our languages and dance to our music. I will try to change lives as the people here at lummi nation has changed mine I will share what they teach me back home and hopefully will have a bunch of stories to tell if will help the elders that work here to share there stores of when they were punished for using our culture. I will take these lummi nation people and make this school my home.
Contest EntryShondiin
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! I am a freshman at Northern Arizona University and the image is with the mascot at the first home volleyball game. The campus is blended with trees and natural buildings that flow with nature. NAU provides cultural knowledge and the tools to succeed for the educational journey.
Contest EntryRatu
During the month of September, we asked you to share a picture of your campus and tell us your goals for the school year! Representing Native Pride and Leadership. I am an Honor Student at Putnam Valley High School in Hudson Valley New York!!!
Contest EntryAlly
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! New tribal youth council! Preparing for an awesome jet boat ride.
Contest EntryKylie
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! We can't forget where we come from and the teachings that have been passed down down from our ancestors. It's a blessing to still our language and culture alive. Íiná éí nízhóní!
1st PlaceCaleb
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! One thing I get excited about every year is picking huckleberries out in the mountains, you get to see great views, plan your huntin trips, breath fresh air, and eat more berries then you picked, I love hearing all my relatives story's about where we are at and about our people!
Contest EntrySophie
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! This Summer I have been listening to alot of oldies. One of the songs is "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone. It's a funny story on how I started listening to it. My older brother who is now in college would play this song- I've never heard of the song in my life ever-he played the song for a few weeks until we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after watching the movie, I did nothing but listen to that song for weeks. I also asked my mom about it and she said it was made by Native Americans. I was actually happy so when ever I feel down, I just play this song and I also play the other oldies songs to lift my moods.
Contest EntryTaejonon
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! Starting off my Junior year at my highschool Native American Community Academy (aka. NACA) we went on a camping trip at a Girl Scout Camp in Rancho del Chaparral, Ranch is in Ponderosa Pines & Aspens in the Jemez Mountains. We got to utilize the area for about two whole days. The trip from Albuquerque, NM to Cuba, NM was about two hours long so as soon as we got to the camping grounds we choose our shelters we'd be staying in and there were hogans and Adirondack which I and my friends choose the Hogan and the staff had told us that the Hogans we're blessed when they were built years ago which was fasinating to me. The Shelters were open air structures so it was a new experience for me. After all that settling in all the juniors, seniors and staff got together on this grassy open field which then we'd be split up into four groups which we would then transition through out all the groups and in the four groups we would do different activities and building relationships between each other and the purpose was to connect with each other and the land too. So there was an Art group; We were let out into the forest to create art out of nature and find beauty and create beauty from flowers to branches and pine cones were what other students used but me and my friends took a different approach to the art in nature by incorperating nature with modern aesthetic. Hiking group; this was the fun group because we got to hike up the mountain and it negan to rain so it was exciting to hear the rain from a distance and then knowingly expect it to pour on you while also we got to see some aspen tree and take photos of the natural aesthetic. Meditation group; this was a relaxing and calm group we sat in a circle and were focusing on out breath and had acknowledged our surroundings and went back to focusing on our breathing in which was a crazy experience because I was so focused on meditation that I was really into the moment which caused me to nearly fall asleep lol but afterwards we all felt relaxed and rejuvinated from stretching too. Relationship building group; we played games that involves either two people or the entire group to uplift each other metaphorically because we had to trust eachother in order to complete the challenge. All these group activities were all purposley meant to connect us with our inner selves and to the land itself since we are all living and use the land to help us grow and change. As we are all Indigenous and Native the land is our mother earth and from the teachings they show us, we are taught to recconnect with our and everyones land and to also give back to mother earth by prayers and anyother way that shows appretiation for the life given to us. (08/18/2017) @9:45pm
3rd PlaceAnthony
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 INDIGENOUS HULK! This is my desk set up for this year. I'm attending Haskell Indian Nations University as a freshman, majoring in community health. I wanted to show pride in my culture through my work space.
Contest EntryEurick
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! My summer was spent gaining more knowledge and understanding of my family traditions. I am from the Navajo Nation (Diné), from the beautiful area of Round Rock, AZ. I attended my traditional ceremonies over the summer to help pray for my family and relatives. Being brought up in these ways has really had an impact on my identity, who I am, and the love and respect I have for myself and others. I love expressing myself through singing and creating a beautiful sound and tune for many to hear. In my way, I do it to allow others to hear the beautiful tune and reflect, reminisce. It's a blessing to go about each day on this road of life knowing Ill always have my culture and ceremonies with me. I intend to carry on my family tradition and pass it on to my younger siblings. My Native pride comes with representing who I am wherever I go. I attended various conferences over the course of the summer and gained more perspective and insight into the lives of many tribes around the world. The biggest conference I attended was the 2017 UNITY Conference in Denver, It was an amazing experience to hear where many native individuals come from, share stories about my culture and where I come from, share songs with many tribes, learn new teachings, Learn new perspectives from each tribe, & give and gain blessings. #represent
1st PlaceBonesha
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! Within this last month, I had the opportunity to represent my tribe in Boston, Massachusetts with other First Nations people from across the country. We came together and created music dedicated to sharing our personal and ancestral stories with people from all different backgrounds. This is the picture my sister took, right before our event. Quyana for letting me share! Be Blessed!
Contest EntryBriana
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! Kobema a kau. My name is Kobema. It means Captive woman and was passed from my great great grandmother. I love to go to the annual Indian Exposition in Anadarko, Oklahoma. It has been held since 1935. This picture is taken on the way there. The Kiowa language is dying with the elders, so I try to learn as much as I can. A-Ho for reading this.
Contest EntryPaloma
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! This picture was taken after practicipating in the prayer run to the Top of Red Butte, Pictured is the group of runners from the 2017 Gathering at Red Butte. Over 100 people attended in solidarity with the Havasupai Tribe to protect their land from uranium mining transport. They sponsored a 5 day camp in July, the message being to Honor & protect our sacred land, children, & future, Our mission is to save the Havasupai Baaja, our scared land & our future.
Contest EntryJerene
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! Summer 2017: Navajo Baptist Ministries, ABA. I'm thankful these individuals have love for our native american youth and their future! This Summer I was able to reunite with the church group that visits from Arkansas. My closest friend Carolyn has been keeping in touch with me since I was in elementary school. I'm glad I got to see her for a week this summer, she comes to visit me in Sheep Springs, NM,along with her ministry, to educate the Native Youth about our Lord and savior. She's prayed for, cried with me and helped me through all the major points in my life. She has witnessed my success from elementary to high school and now I'm a Junior in college! I'm glad I have met her and have seen her again. She is my reassurance that Jesus lives and loves all. She also has always had faith in me. She and the whole ministry were the highlight of my summer.
Contest EntryKintv
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! This is a picture of my father sitting in chair watching a traditional dance called the buffalo dance, when the creeks got removed to Oklahoma a lot of their dances got lost or taken away, the buffalo was one of the few ones that survived. Til' this day, only a few ceremonials ground still do the buffalo dance.
3rd PlaceAlessandro
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! This photo is me showing Native pride by volunteering for the Red Circle Project which is the ONLY HIV prevention organization in Los Angeles that caters to prevention within the Native LGBTQ2S community. I connect with my roots because being a Two Spirit person myself it helps to do outreach to others that identify the same and connect them to safe sex resources and materials. It's important to practice safe techniques within this Two Spirit community. I love being at Powwows and meeting new Two Spirit people along with other LGBT Native folks and let them know what resources are available to them in our community. It helps me represent the Two Spirit community in a positive way and let everyone know we are still here and proud.
3rd PlaceRose
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! My name is Rose M. Hammock and I am Pomo and Wailaki coming from the Round Valley Indian Reservation and Big Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians in Northern California. This picture is one of many cultural sharing presentations I do here in Sonoma County to share our TRUE history with both Native and Non-Native children. In part with my presentations I bring many personal cultural items that the children are allowed to pick up, play, and explore like baskets, pictures, and clapper sticks. In part I also Pomo Feather Dance at the end of my presentations for the children, pausing to explain the meaning behind our dances, where our songs come from, the meaning behind our movements, and where my dance regalia comes from and how it is made. I am currently attending the Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California where I am studying to become a teacher. My goal is to one day open my own non-profit, multicultural preschool here in Sonoma County to honor and protect all children and their families, while teaching our children the importance of knowing where our roots come from and teaching others around us how to honor one another.
Contest EntryEliza
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! This is a picture of my son, Lalʌnahawi. We are part of a group of 10 families that grow Oneida white corn together. A total of 6 acres. I take Lalʌnahawi out to the field and we sing our songs to the plants and weed by hand. On the outside of the corn we plant squash. We hope to someday also plant beans so it will be a complete three sisters garden. We been doing this for 2 summers now as a group. I also plant blue grow on my parent's land. This is to help teach our children our traditional ways and get back to our Native diet.
Contest EntryGethsemane
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! One way I connected with my culture was getting in tune with nature and forgetting about everything that life is throwing at you by surrounding yourself with nature and seeing how the creator made all this and will take care of everything which brought me closer to everything that I believe in due to my culture and what my people believe
Contest EntryStacey
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! My grandmother attends every powwow around our area and is known by thousands. She is a medicine woman, a pipe carrier, and our traditional prayer'er.
Contest EntrySunny
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! Representing my people Just knowing you are participating in royalty, by dancing and singing , traditional tribal songs that may ancestors sang and danced to. , gives me that connection....to our way of life...to our culture
Contest EntryJohnny
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! Learning my language
Contest EntryJacob
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! This is me dancing during a powwow for a Boy Scout function
Contest EntryEdith
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! Another private ceremony, i was on my way with my recovered addict uncle which I am proud. He and I are almost like a father and daughter due to my father leaving the picture. Elem indian colony we went
Contest EntryLogan
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! This is a picture of one of my host family's back yard. This was taken on my trip with my class with the Native American Community Academy, we worked all year to go to New Zealand to meet our Fauno (family in Maori). We didn't go to New Zealand for a vacation we went for a personal and cultural Exchange. NACA has sister schools in New Zealand and every two years a class goes down to reconnect with our fauno. The Trip was a very moving and emotional experience hearing the stories of their ancestors and how the ocean doesn't seperate us but rather connects us. The Maori people understand how important water is and they understand that despite's being 6,000 miles apart we were and always will be connected and related. They fed us and treated us like we their own and it didn't feel like we were strangers despite meeting one another for the first time. We shared stories, songs, tradition, culture, meals, and we shared our love. One thing that stuck with me after Aotearoa (New Zealand in Maori) is something an elder said, "we are not different we share a lot of things in common, there is evidence that our people came from your people and we know that, which is why when you come back to Aotearoa you have a second home to come back to." Aotearoa is my home as well as New Mexico.
Contest EntryElizabeth
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 🙂
Contest EntryJohn
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! Me and a fellow group of adults travled to the Gulf Coast to learn about coastal conservation and how we can help the oyster habitat. We collected recycled oyster shells from a non-profit organization called Sink Your Shucks and put them back into Madagorda Bay so more oysters could use them for homes. Oysters play a big role in the environment because they filter feed the water for their food thus cleaning the water making it inhabitable for many other organisms. We created a man made oyster reef for not only future sea life to use it, but to also help stop over erosion from the ocean. The ocean erodes many parts of islands away and creating this artificial oyster reef slows down this process. Native American tribes used these oysters for food which was much easier to harvest rather than attacking other dangerous animals. This experience has opened my eyes to many job opportunities so I can personally help my environment heal.
Contest EntryCiarra
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! Although I'm 28 years old, I am just starting to step into the powwow arena. We are never too old to learn our traditions.
1st PlaceDionisio
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! Every spring/summer we race in our traditional war canoes. Through racing we are able to connect with friends and family from the nearby coast Salish tribes.
Contest EntrySheila
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! We were on our way back home to Idaho from Wyoming/Nebraska and stopped at Lincoln monument at summit, right near a (but but our) rez.
Contest EntryTahj
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! Medicine man
Contest Entrymarcy
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! This summer, my boyfriend & I organized with miscellaneous natives from different nations. We were Apache, Yaqui & Blackfeet protesting the use of Ceremonial Tipis at a Festival in which inebriated people were to party & get sloppy inside. They never asked for consent, there was no prayer when they were erected. So we came to say that we would expect more Cultural Sensitivity after the atrocities of the ND Access Pipeline & The Genocide on Natives that has been going on for over 500 years. Sadly the tipis were not taken down, but we made our presence known with one message: We Are Still Here.
Contest EntryLoryn
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! As Miss Northwest Indian Youth Confernce I've been honored with more opportunities to #represent my reservation, my tribe, and my people. I am balancing working for my tribes fish and wild life full time, club soccer 2 hours away, and being on the powwow trail! And I couldn't be more greatful. I love taking care of our animals and land, I love being active and playing the game of soccer, and I love dancing and celebrating my culture but most of all I love representing my culture in all that I do. Taking photos is just one way I can show the world that. Here are some photos I took of some strong indigenous women.
Contest EntryJessica
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! Since I was a little girl I have always followed behind my grandmother. I always wanted to be as determined as she was, as proud and resilient. Even now at twenty-one years of age, I find myself still following behind her trying my best to live up to the legacy she has made. I look at her brown hands and the wrinkles in her face and though she is weathered with age now, I still see the strength in her dark brown eyes. I see the determination she has to make sure that all of her future generations know who we are as people; that we know how important it is for us to care for the land because it takes care of us. That is why I still follow behind her in her garden. I cling to every song, every whispered prayer she sends up to the Creator hoping for a bountiful harvest in hopes that one day I may too have the ability she possesses to make life sprout and thrive so that our traditional ways may also continue to live.
Contest EntryNina
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! I am apart of the Mvskoke creek tribe. This is a picture of my sister, cousins and I taking part of our ceremonial dance called ribbon dance. It is a special dance to reconnect with our women ancestors and to give thanks to the women that are still here with us.
Contest EntryTorey
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! This summer I'm showing my Chahta (Choctaw) pride by serving as a legal intern for a Native American policy group in Washington D.C.. I just finished my first year of law school at Arizona State University in the Indian Legal Program. Here is a picture of me and svshki (my mom) in D.C.
Contest EntryDyani
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! This is my nephew-- I am an auntie to a 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew. Because we are close in age I know they look at me and my actions and like to do what Auntie does, so I want to show them good choices and be a good role model. They are my Pride just as much as I am theirs
1st PlaceAshleigh
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! In this picture my friends and I celebrate our graduation from Stanford University. We stand together as proud Diné women, wearing our turquoise and moccasins, and carrying our Flag. After 4 years of tears, hard work, and perseverance we were able to rise against statistics. We stand together for our family and for our tribe to show our youth all things are possible with family, prayer, and resilience. With all things we do we "Walk In Beauty." Ahéhee'
Contest EntryCierra
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! Getting love and words of wisdom from Grandpa Thomas Muskrat at the 32nd Annual Bell Pow Wow, Bell, Oklahoma. We lost Grandma Sue Muskrat just a month before our community Pow Wow and it was a wonderful weekend to celebrate her life while offering my prayers to the Creator through my jingle dancing.
1st PlaceAlec
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! Yá áh téh, my name is Alec I am a Native American from the Diné tribe. I am originally from Holbrook, Arizona, and I just associate with a lot of kids my age to something similar to this program. I found it very interesting, and I found an opportunity to show the nation how we keep family tradition alive from where I'm from. This picture was actually taken about 2 months ago, and we were looking for my brothers goats in the mountain in n Indian Wells, AZ.
Contest EntryArianna
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! Beautiful nature in the city of Lakewood,Ca. Nice trees and the sunset between the branches. Birds chirping and singing
Contest EntryChenoa
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! This summer, not only have I been volunteering at a Native Cultural Center, at Four Winds American Indian Council, I am participating in a Cultural Math class at DU (Denver University) which is helping me become a better mathematician and teaching me cultural background and tying it into my heritage. In addition (I can't add any more photos due to the limit) I've been going to protests and rallies as well as testimonies to repeal the Columbus Day holiday in Colorado. Lastly, I've been helping plan the National Unity Conference which will be held in Denver from July 6th to the 9th.
3rd PlaceAurora
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! This photo is from Canoe journeys last year with my father, this year we will be traveling to Campbell River, B.C.. The Samish canoe family had worked hard as a team to be able to do this three week journey as a team. Throughout this summer I am working hard to learn our language, songs and teach the dances to other members.
Contest EntryCarla
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! We love to cut up meat for drying
Contest EntryRatu
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! I love taking photos with nature, rivers, mountains, lakes, etc. It keeps me in harmony with the earth and lets me pay homage to my ancestors who respected the land. I feel that way because I believe we have very little time to enjoy what's left to us Native and Indigenous people given by the creator seeing all the destruction and abuse being done to the earth.
3rd PlaceMaggie
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! Picking blueberries with my baby brother Jack (Agoogaaluk).
2nd PlaceJacey
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! I have the coolest job ever!! I am a current college sophomore majoring in Ag Business. I am interning for The Quapaw Tribe in Oklahoma. My love of the land and being able to reconnect with my heritage have brought me to where I am today. Being a youth leader for such organizations as The Native youth in Food and Agriculture and Intertribal Agricultural Council has lead me to helping find ways to improve Indian Agriculture and food production.
Contest EntryAilena
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! We are always doing family things on the weekend because my mom and dad are working all day and sometimes night time. Sometimes we go to magic mountain or universal studios, but I really like to swim and barbeque with my family in the river near my home town. It's called Reedley Beach!
Contest EntryJohn
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! Went to a powwow, danced and talked with a good friend while dancing. A friend (Tony Austin) took the pic, but I gave a funny face while dancing. Good times and good laughter while having fun dancing.
Contest EntryAlthea
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! I'm a Suicide Prevention Coordinator in my community and one of my activities was after school green up clean up with the youth to pick up trash throughout our village. This activity took about a month because I was hosting some conferences throughout the month. But this was a success in cleaning our community as a team.
Contest EntryIesha-LaShay
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! I #represented by running in my tribe's pageant. This was my second year competing and I actually won! My platform is cultural pride. I want to teach all native youth that they can be successful in anything that they do as long as they continue to learn about their culture, language, and traditions, and don't give up.
3rd Placecheyenne
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! I burn sage all summer long it helps get me in touch with my ancestors along with brightening my day whenever i can i will smudge the room, our house and i will smudge the canoes before they go for a race. I smudge them for good luck and for a good energy. So that i know my friends and family are safe. This allows me to connect with other tribes and feel the comfort of their ancestors. The comfort will bring me safely back home so i can sing the songs and feel our culture.
3rd PlaceStephen
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! Native. Because we are a strong and proud people. Native. Because we respect all life down to an ant. I represent our beautiful culture with respect by keeping the earth clean where it may seem dirty. Life is important, however so is our environment; from cleaning trash up in the beautiful forests and cities of Oregon, wherever we go it is not only our job but our duty as native Americans to preserve and protect the lands against what they can not defend themselves. If the smallest ant can make a difference so can humanity. Nature is what us as natives makes us native, we can not be afraid to get our hands dirty. Native. Because we care. Native. Because we will never give up.
3rd PlaceTaylor
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. A place I go behind my house to clear my mind and meditate. I use Buddhist practices. I suffer from depression, anxiety and tourettes. This is a place I can escape to. To listen to music, or just enjoy natures natural music.
Contest EntryLoretta
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. We are a trinity mind, body, and spirit just like God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. If you are saved by the blood of Jesus you can have wise council. John 3:16-17King James Version (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
3rd PlaceTayler
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. My submission is my horse Lane caring for him and giving him treats makes me happy and beyond grateful to have in my life he is my best friend he is the one who can pick me up from a bad day.
3rd PlaceAutumn
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. Usually about once a month, there is a group of urban natives known as the Tulsa Indian Club, host an Indian taco sale. There are usually vendors and music playing and always provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle. This month there have been multiple events from the two taco sales already and even an advocacy event for missing and murdered indigenous women. Participating in events that matter and have purpose such as the advocacy efforts help me to mind my mind. Giving back to the community and honoring our culture always helps to center me and put my mind at ease. The sense of community, the meaningful time spent with like-minded individuals, and of course the Indian tacos all combine to create the perfect environment to recenter my thoughts, remind myself of my purpose, and help me to conquer my world. Sharing laughs and sharing a meal help me to improve and maintain my mental health.
3rd PlaceBrenden
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. This video is a view of Sedona AZ. The reason I picked this to represent something to help me with my mental health is because we all mess up a lot. For me the hardest thing right now is getting through college. Although it is hard, I go on these adventures to help me better understand that there is more to life than just grades weather good or bad. This shows me that even this little pice of land is beautiful and yet so small to the world it stands out. It shows me that I can stand out too in a world so big and me being so small. Thanks, Brenden Dallas
3rd PlaceBriana
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. Choose me because I'm tulalip and this is my first time ever doing this
3rd PlaceBriana
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. To relieve stress, I take my dogs to the dog park.
3rd PlaceIneza
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. Coloring and writing poetry helps me manage my anxiety. Whenever I feel tense and begin to worry I write how I feel. If I am in the middle of an anxiety attack I practice breathing techniques and I use my downloaded coloring app to color and it helps me calm down. I also have a coloring book with different flowers and Mandalas to have a more hands on experience when I am anxious and cannot be near my phone. When I am coloring or writing I began to feel more down to earth and remember that what I am feeling is temporary. I am able to bring myself back to reality by telling myself everything is alright.
3rd PlaceCheyenne
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. This is the Lummi youth academy and they took me in they helped get me what I need and I love it here. When I was excepted into this home I was welcomed with a Pendleton blanket and that I was exceptionally different because I was from Swinomish. I have had great health ever since.. I entered the academy in September and everyone was welcoming and helpful...
3rd PlaceJohnny
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. This has to do with the dakota access pipeline You can't drink oil
3rd PlaceSamantha
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. The way I improve my mental health is through sports. I love sports and how it allows me to actually breath. It opens up my mind and the possibilities that may happen for me. Sports have always been my way of life. It allows me to work out problems and figure out different strategies for a few situations. It not only improves my mental health, it helps with me gain more physically.
3rd PlaceKaleena
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. Mental health is the most important thing that I need to keep myself going. So, I try to eat right, I drink plenty of Paya (water), I hike in the Hollywood Hills while at school, I dance traditional and pow wow style, but most importantly I pray. When I keep an open communication with my higher power I can leave all my worries and doubt in my prayers. It keeps me healthy, it keeps me strong and most importantly it keeps me on a spiritual path. To be fit mentally I truly believe you have to be connected with your well being physically, spiritually and emotionally. Thank you for allowing us to share our ways in which we keep a good mental state of mind.
3rd PlaceKera
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. My submission is my daughter Lilly my husband Markqua and I enjoying the park. I've always suffered from depression both my parents have chronic illnesses I am their caretaker. Since I've had my daughter we spend a lot of time outside telling her about the birds, showing her flowers and so on. My personal opinion is getting in touch with nature is wonderful to help set your mind at ease.
3rd PlaceDanneca
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. In our indigenous community, a large percentage of our people in Indian country struggle with mental health issues. I, myself, face depression and struggle with my mental health day to day. Dealing with my mental health, I have coped and found my own ways to help my mind. I love to go new places. Letting my mind at ease and connecting with the places I go help me. Connecting to the people, or learning about the earth (even if it's behind my home) is a great way for me to connect with myself also. I do a great amount of my time thinking while in these places and that also helps me figure out what helps and what can trigger my depression or anxiety. I put a collage together of my favorite pictures I have taken with my phone. The photo in the top left is a picture of the red woods in California. The bottom left is the Ecola beach in Oregon. The top right is at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. And the bottom right is a picture of the moon.
2nd PlaceStephen
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. Being mentally healthy is extremely important and sometimes our daily lives can impede on that. The best thing to do to maintain your mental health is by taking a few minutes to calm yourself down and relax once in a while. If your mental health is declining and you begin to feel depressed, talking​ to someone close or a doctor will help significantly. B12 vitamins have also been extremely helpful, they boost memory, energy and heart health. To keep your mental health stable talk to people, be active and make sure you are happy! Anyways, here is a emotional support bearded dragon 🙂
1st PlaceAnalouise
Mind, body, spirit, and context are all connected, requiring harmony and balance to promote health and wellbeing. So, during the month of May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. To improve my mental health I native dance (yuraq in Yup'ik). It helps clear my mind of negative thoughts, relives stress, and keeps me active. When I dance, I do not dance alone. I have my ancestors with me in spirit. I dance not only by singing and moving but with my heart and soul. This improves my mental health by giving me a sense of emotional guidance.
3rd PlaceCaleb
Mental health is one of our greatest assets, so during mental health awareness month in May, we asked you to mind your mind and share what you do to improve your mental health. I have have anxiety along with that always comes depression. Anxiety is something that can control your life and emotions, in many ways my anxiety was always in the closet, because it's not really something a guy should talk about, anxiety is seen as a feminine thing, although I've learned about my mental health and how I was raised is one of the reasons I have anxiety, not letting young kids express their emotions can have a bad effect on them when they are older. We should always tell kids to express themselves and their emotions.
Contest EntryTrinity
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource. Gather from what's good. As a part of a rural community, we use subsistence as a part of our ways of life. It is in our culture, and tradition to live off of the land we live on. To reduce shopping from an industrial market, we plant, gather, and harvest. It's important to be self sustaining as a community so that people have options for where they buy their food from. Buying from local farmers or creating your own local resources is a sure way to keep the local economy driven, and support the fight against global warming. Local eggs are laid by happier chickens than industrial laying chickens. I believe it's in our culture to respect the animals we have dominion over, and give back to them a life they deserve-free roaming happy lives. We should do this so we feel good about what's on our plates. I believe that if people in communities work together, they can provide for each other the ways we have always known. By sharing food, fishing spots, gardens, and chicken coops we can keep our communities healthy and happy. Agriculture and subsistence is a bonding experience between us and the land. It is important to know the ways the land reacts to how we treat it. Get involved with your local farmers, gardeners, chicken coop owners and subsistence gatherers to always have the best pick for your plate. It's a sure way to make friends, feed your family and save the planet.
Contest EntryMadeline
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource. Not only as we use the Creators Earth as a resource for everyday life! But we use it as also a creative canvas to create beauty by using the Earth's beautiful landscapes and scenic views. Without the Earths own beauty it will be hard for humanity to find such an inspiration from the planet we live on! And to Keep it's beauty we must start to take care of it.
3rd PlaceMalissa
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource. Near the highway of 1806 near Oceti Sakowin camp.. We were there to support the water and all living beings on Mother Earth. This picture was taken near the bridge.
2nd PlaceSophie
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource.f Hello my name is Sophie and I drew a picture for this contest because I go to this youth center I've been going to for about 7 years. We recently we have been making a garden with the community because if we aren't healthy the mother earth isn't. So we made a big step and are now trying new foods we make with the the stuff we plant. So for this I painted a picture of our beautiful garden.
Contest EntryJasmine
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource. I want to win
1st PlaceTaylor
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource. This is a picture of a field near the highway that was once used as a "party place" for people. This land had trash everywhere. Beer bottles and cans, sacks, broken ice chests, broken chairs, food containers, food bags. Completely covered this field pictured. We spent 2 weeks straight cleaning it up. Now it's a beautiful field we take Care of now and mow, and during meteor showers, we lay in the middle of what we call "The Field That Became".
Contest EntryShannon
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource. This was taken at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. My son and I were picking up trash along the lake. We do this every Wednesday to make sure the lake is beautiful and free of trash.
Contest EntryShannon
April 22nd was Earth Day. We asked you to show the world the beauty of our lands using #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource. This is at Mt.Scott in Lawton, Oklahoma. We go once a month to clear the land of trash. We love this Oklahoma mountain and want to make sure it is here for all people to enjoy!
Contest EntryEurick
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Alicia's entry. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" This is a great quote for anyone able to perceive its meaning. March is the month that my tribe considers to be the official start of the new year. Spring time is upon us, and is the time for the preparation of new crops, the planting season. My tribe is more accustomed to the planting of foods, raising cattle, having livestock. Our traditional beliefs coincide with what grows on our Mother Earth. We give thanks and are respectful to what our Mother Earth provides. In return for what we receive, we give back by keeping the land clean, planting, raising animals. It's safe to say all tribes have this belief. We all have the same mindset that our Mother Earth provides. Keeps us healthy, nourished, and spiritually in the right mind set. This generation's become accustomed to just getting fast food or eating out at local restaurants, which isn't always a bad thing. But in this more modern contemporary society it's always good to revert back to our traditional ways. Again, give that respect for what was given to us since the beginning. Our traditional foods and ways have been present to our tribes before we were even born. Before our grandparents were born to some. The traditional foods we choose to eat have been around long enough to prove that it comes healthy to our diets and our daily lives. It nourishes us, and spiritually there also comes representation for why specific foods were chosen for us to eat for many generations. Foods that we raise, grow, hunt, gather. The photos I've chosen to share come from being with my grandparents and eating with them for a day. We butchered a sheep. We ate corn, and onions that were grown and raised by my grandparents. My entry for this contest is again my humble share of words once again and a visual to go with it. Thank You, and best wishes and hopes to you all for a great new harvest and year.
Contest EntryNataanii
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Naatani's entry. This month I am eating freshly butchered mutton from my grandparents' herd of sheep. Navajos have eaten mutton for many years and depend on their livestock as a foundation for traditional livelihood.
Contest EntryKaylene
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Alicia's entry. Winners announced at the end of the month! We made blue berry oatmeal bars
1st PlaceCassie
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Cassie's entry. This is a picture of the manoomin (wild rice) that I harvested last summer. This is the stage called winnowing. It's almost the final stage before you can cook and eat the wild rice. I love eating and harvesting manoomin because my ancestors have done the same thing for hundreds of years. My ojibwe people we instructed to find the 'food that grew on the water' a long time ago and so we migrated to the Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan areas and stayed when we found this manoomin. It has help my people survive for generations and it is up to us to protect for our future generations. Wild rice is also a superfood. It has so many good nutrients and health benefits! I want to live a healthy life and to continue things that my ancestors have done, and that's why I harvest and eat manoomin.
Contest EntrySkylar
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Skylar's entry. Winners announced at the end of the month! ᎪᎨᏗᏜ ᎠᏩᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎡᎾᎨ ᎡᎯ ᎡᎩ (Towards spring time, it time to find wild onions) Every year around spring time, me and my family will go into the woods to gather and pick wild onions. Its is a tradition passed down from generations. It is a good way to get outside and enjoy each others company.
3rd PlaceMya
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Mya's entry. I am a 16 year old young woman born with Native American heritage. I was in foster care and now live in a permanent adoptive, loving home. I learn about preparing and eating foods with a Germans from Russia focus. My grandma is a dietitian and teaches foods classes at a tribal college. Together we plant, harvest, cook and preserve local foods like wild asparagus, pickles, deer, and wild fruit like apples and berries. I love it that I am reminded that my biological and adoptive cultures are so much the same through food. Food becomes my traditions and memories so I can bloom where I am planted and tell the next generation who I am and how local food made me healthy. Auf Wiedersehen! and Leela ampaytu keen washtay!
2nd PlaceMariah
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Mariah's entry. Bison and Wild Rice Meatballs with a Saskatoon Berry Relish and a Side of Green Beans: I made this as the first episode of "Indigikitchen" where I use traditional foods in the modern kitchen. I love reminding people about all the foods that came from this continent and how healthy they are!
Contest EntryRussell
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Russell's entry. Choke cherry tea and deer meat which both were harvested this past year.
Contest EntryAlicia
During national nutrition month in March we asked you to share what traditional foods you're eating! Check out Alicia's entry. Wild ginger is one of my favorites and mountain milk weed is hard to work with but it's amazing when your finished also acorn is collected every year, it's season for deer if it's in my yard
1st PlaceKaleena
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! I believe in love. I love, love. But, what I look for in a relationship is truth, respect, loyalty, faithfulness and love. I have taken a vow of "True Love Waits." When I am ready for a relationship it will be with someone who will most likely be my future husband. He will be kind, loyal, faithful, respectful, focused on Creator and his people, love animals. He will have a good work ethic and be creative, most of all he will have the respect for me and my decision to wait to have sexual activity until I am married. I know a lot of youth today do not take a vow of abstinence, and I know a lot that do, but it is just as important as staying safe if you choose to be sexually active. And that is what WeRNative is all about all the different Tribal youth, some come from the same environment, some from total opposite sides of Turtle Island and beyond, but the beauty of it all is we have a choice and that's what truly makes us free. My choice however old fashion it may be is to save myself for marriage and I am not ashamed to say that. My family didn't make this choice for me, I made it for me. Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say. Love and respect to you all.
Contest EntryKarrena
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! My submission is about the communication in a relationship is key without communication it falls apart. This picture is of me and my boyfriend Isaias and our baby (puppy) Khaleesi. Without being able to communicate and listen to each other you cant get over any situation. You have to listen and communicate with your partner, and if you can't do that, then i dont think he or she is worth it.
Contest EntryMiya
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! He is the father of my son. We may fight at times but he is a really good father and a really good friend when I need him.
Contest EntryKrista
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! What I look for in a healthy relationship is the opposite of an unhealthy relationship. I am 15 years old, so I am still learning on what a good relationship is, but I do know what a unhealthy relationship looks and feels like. An unhealthy relationship is where your significant other cheats, lies, keeps secrets and is untrustworthy. Which I guess you can say that a healthy relationship is where your significant other treats you with respect, have honesty, and stays loyal. Everyone desires this perfect relationship where everything is going so well and there’s no conflict, but every relationship has conflict so in a healthy relationship there is going to be conflict which you have to believe that you and your partner can get through the problems that you face, also how you end a argument gives a sign on how healthy or unhealthy your relationship is. The best predictor on a divorce is how you end a fight/ argument. I’m in a relationship as in right now you can say we have a healthy relationship. My partner and I tell each other everything because we trust each other.
Contest EntrySetiva
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! It's me and all my freinds I'm the one in the blue hoodie
Contest EntryMyranda
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! Feast in honor of the foods return
Contest EntryIesha-LaShay
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! Here are the main things that I look for in a relationship. They are important because they can help you determine if a relationship is abusive.
Contest EntrySamantha
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! This is what I look for in a relationship: 1. A great sense of humor 2. Maturity level 3. Older then me 4. Kind hearted 5. Sense of intelligence 6. Athletic 7. Has goals in life 8. Social Basically, I would like to find someone that is encouraging to me and my dreams because I will do all the same for them. Someone that'll be truthful to me and can be themselves around me. I don't want any secrets between the two of us. I want someone I can take home and introduce to the family. I want someone that, if we were to fight, they won't give up on us right away. A person that won't mind that I'm busy with school, family, sports, and work. Someone that understands that I'm a busy person, but I will make time for them. A guy or girl that is beautiful outside as they are on the inside.
Contest EntryLeander
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! Fry bread
Contest EntryArynn
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! This is what I look for in a relationship: 1. A great sense of humor 2. Good goals in life 3. Level headed - intelligent 4. Well put together 5. Kind hearted 6. Loves animals 7. Enjoys the outdoors 8. Social - good people skills 9. Loves to celebrate holidays 10. Enjoys planning outings
Contest EntryErika
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! Well, for me personally I am quite a picky person. In a relationship I am looking for someone who can accept me for who I am and my ethnicity. It am a strong believer of finding who you are and taking this time now while your young to discover yourself. It's very important to love yourself before loving someone else. I myself have not been in many relationships, but what I have learned is that being single isn't a bad thing. It helped me find my likes and dislikes. Being single has taught me not to settle for less. Meaning I'm not going to date just anyone because I want to be in a relationship. I want someone who will respect me. Sounds funny but I want to be treated like a princess. Why would I want to be with someone who doesn't have me as a priority? I am a loyal person and I will give the same in return. Its very important to me that in my next relationship, if they are not Native American like me that they respect my culture and traditional ways.
Contest EntryBrayden
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! What I look for in a relationship
Contest EntryJodi
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! I really want to win so I can pay my mother back for something. I really want it
3rd PlaceJordan
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! I believe that a couple must be able to struggle together before they can come up together. A relationship is built on a solid foundation. A foundation in which there is trust, loyalty, honesty, and innovation. You must be innovative to keep things new and keep from falling into a routine. I have been with my girlfriend for seven years and it has not always been easy. Trusting each other and keeping things exciting has been key. You also have to see what's in their heart rather then judging someone from looks. Respecting each other is important too. Always remain humble and never give up. Mvto!
Contest EntrySarai
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! I want someone who makes me a better person and helps me succeed, who also is fun and caring and can make me smile no matter what
Contest EntryKendrea
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year, it's been amazing! Not only is he my boyfriend he's my bestfriend. We met online as just friends, for almost a year ago. He's so funny and sweet, he makes me feel so special. Everyone hates because were so different, but everyone ways; opposites attract. 🙂
Contest EntryShontel
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! I want someone that'll love me for me and see my inner beauty. Not just what's on the outside. That type of person is very rare.
2nd PlaceStephen
During February, LOVE was in the air and we asked you to share what you look for in a relationship! Happy Valentine's Day! I wrote this myself, I hope you enjoy it!
1st PlaceIaitia
In January, we asked you to pledge to make 2017 your best year yet and share how you plan to be #wellforculture in 2017! I believe in unifying my community, helping my fellow youth reclaim our cultural identities, protect, and heal our sacred earth. Making a movement for us younger generations that will create enough momentum to create change. I believe humanity deserves clean water, I believe the creator is guiding us to free our minds from extinction. Mni Wiconi!
1st PlaceEurick
In January, we asked you to pledge to make 2017 your best year yet and share how you plan to be #wellforculture in 2017! This New Year started off good. Satisfyingly GOOD. NEW Mindset, NEW Goals, NEW Achievements, NEW Desire for things we never had in the years previous. Strive to be BETTER people, become a BETTER person, a BETTER individual. We all have a desire to be something we're not to an extent, perhaps a change of appearance, attitude, choices made. The actions we took that define us this present day. We look at ourselves and we decided as the years go by whether or not we want to TAKE THAT INITIATIVE to want to make that change for the improvement of ourselves. My entry for this contest, as always, my SHARE of words and a little more wisdom into the lives of others. How I plan to be #wellforculture, share my little bit of knowledge with endless amounts of people willing to take the time out of their lives to read a post like this. Perhaps provide a bit of ENCOURAGEMENT, and ENLIGHTENMENT to new ideas or a better understanding. It's not always about getting fit or getting in shape. Yes, physically is a good component, but there's a stronger and more meaningful understanding that some may not realize. Mentally, Emotionally, Physiologically, SPIRITUALLY-necessary components that all require a balance to maintain a POSITIVE HEALTHY lifestyle. There are times when you may go off course, but it's up to You and ONLY YOU to get back on track and move forward with good intentions. Humble yourself. Put others before yourself. Try something NEW. My entry for this contest, again, a little share of knowledge. And what I plan to to to be #wellforculture. Share, as I've shared these words. GET OTHERS INVOLVED, talk with others, help others, socialize, get involved with community, plan, become more physically active, get my BROTHERS and SISTERS involved. Develop that STRONG MINDSET to improve, Improve IMPROVE! Here's to a Good One 2017. Thank You
Contest EntryAalana
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! Pį:wa ! (Greetings !) My name is Aalana I am a creative, fun and caring person a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of NC & a Jingle Dress Dancer on the Powwow Trail. I am deeply devoted to my culture as well as sharing my culture with others and passing on our teachings to the future generations of our native youth !
2016

Winning Entries from 2016

Contest EntryShannon
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. Giving my nephew the knowledge of the old ways. Took him on his first hunting trip and hes holding the horns of his first deer he helped skin
3rd PlaceLogan
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. I'm submitting this picture I designed originally for a small project in a class at the Native American Community Academy, the assignment was to draw something that would represent something that represents me. I used a special design of Earth that is the background, the next thing was an eagle, but I didn't want to draw an eagle that was overused so I thought of creating an eagle that was different and unique and contrasted with the background. I want to submit this piece because I believe it is original and symbolic for who I am.
1st PlaceEurick
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. Make GIVING a part of who you are, and not just something you do. This phrase says a lot. It puts you in a mindset of CARING for another individual to some extent. To think and put OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF. To give something, doesn't always mean buying something luxurious or expensive with money. Like many people say, it's the thought that counts. The things you do for others that counts. I had entered this contest before, for the month of October and I really expressed the value of doing something as simple as saying a simple Hello to someone, see how much of an impact that has on a person. The simple act of GIVING a COMPLIMENT could make a difference in a persons day. The act of GIVING someone attention. A loved one, a family member, a friend, could make a difference. The act of Giving time to help one another in times of need. These are just a few ways that the term of Giving could be used. In this more contemporary society a good majority of people deem Giving as a term of buying extravagant things for someone to express love or thankfulness. To return back to our roots and remember that we're all people of this world, we all have a place on this mother Earth. We're ALL special. We can all make a difference. Through the SIMPLEST THINGS. The simple things like taking time out of our lives, taking time from focusing just on ourselves, to help one another, give that attention to those who need it, SUPPORT one another. That, in my opinion is the BIGGEST form of GIVING. My entry for this competion is my share of words once again, and also an acknowledgement to my choice to help my Maternal and Paternal Grandparents get wood and coal for this winter season. Show my little siblings how to chop and haul wood. Explain to them why we do what we do. Spend time with them and help them with whatever they need help with. This is my form of making a difference. EXPRESSING myself through words and taking actions that'll go a long way later on in life not only for my self but for the people around me that I hope to have made an impact on.
2nd PlaceHenry
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. This holiday season I decided to bring out my character "Native Claus" and initiate 'Operation Rezmas'. I wanted to do this grassroots style. What I do Is make stockings and sell them. Every stocking sold is able to get one gift. So this year I wanted to get gifts for the less fortunate children. I was in the same boat when I was younger, but I was raised to be grateful for what I got, even if it was just a pack of socks. I helped 49 kids last year and just recently passed that number and sit at 61 and counting. Not bad for a kid from the rez. My future goal is to have those kids do the same when they get older and help a child in need. To start their own chain reaction....
Contest EntryJodi
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. I really want to win, because I really need to pay mom back please
Contest Entryjack
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. Not really good with words sometimes, but sitting bull is one of my great great grandfathers. His blood runs through my veins. Most people I meet think we don't exist.
Contest EntryDrew
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. WHO YOU CALLIN PINHEAD ??!
Contest Entryjack
We asked you to rethink the season of giving for December's contest and to share how you're giving to make a difference. I'm a young man how is alone and needs to get my career going
Contest EntryLisa
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative I am very proud to be a Native American and to show it everyday with pride and value our traditional ways.
Contest EntryAaron
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative My daughter excelling at gymnastics and having fun at the same time
Contest EntryAleigha
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative Aleigha Reinsberg- "strong resilient indigenous"
Contest EntryKoby
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative This is one of my best selfies, That I really love and love being native!
Contest EntryElizabeth
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative This is me at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks, Alaska. I am wearing a traditional head band made with arctic fox fur and some beads. Our people wear them for dancing or just because. I feel proud to wear traditional things.
Contest EntryJonathan
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative At an event in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and it's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in Port Angeles, Washington. Standing with my tribal members from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and all of those who came to support this event. #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife
Contest EntryAlicia
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative It is an old photo from the summer. but me and my Unči pick out our own sage, from the sage field and she thought it would be a cool idea to take a picture. #WeRNative
Contest EntryYvonne
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative We are proud natives
Contest EntryEmerald
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative This is me (in the blue) and my Mom at a wedding a few summers ago. She is my hero, and who I get my native heritage from. #wernative
Contest EntryDeonna
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative Me speaking at the Miss Cherokee Competition
1st PlaceDelphine
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative My whole life, I've lived on a reservation in North Dakota. I used to think that the reservation was all that I had and the only place that would accept me. As I got older, I realized that I had potential and could do amazing things. I ended up traveling to Washington DC and I felt powerful. I never really thought I could make it big, as a young Native American woman, but the day I went to the White House, forever changed my perspective. One day, you'll see me changing people's lives and helping people because I am strong. I am Native.
2nd PlaceTaylor
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative My name is Taylor Birdtail, I am an enrolled Tribal member of the Gros-Ventre' from Fort Belknap, MT. This photo is of my sister and I, at Standing Rock. She goes to school at Haskell and I am located in Spokane working at the Salish School of Spokane, a fully immersed language school ages Toddler to 5th grade. I am the Health and Fitness Teacher as well as the Sports Program Coordinator, I also am starting up my own non-profit for our Native Youth to create Leadership Development, Health and Wellness, and integrating our cultures in the Urban setting. We were both able to make it together to Stand together in Solidarity for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We are both activists for our communities this is how we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, by standing up for the injustices our Native people go through day to day.
Contest EntryHaley
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative I am very proud of my heritage, and I am so thrilled to be Native American. I love to tell people about my culture because they do not expect it due to the color of my skin. I am a very proud Native!!
Contest Entrybrittany
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative This is my daughter Luella, she is the greatest blessing I had ever received. Everything I do is for her, I want to do whatever I can to make this world better so she and those she will grow with don't see the ugly madness that is happening all over the world.
Contest EntryTahnee
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative This is a video of my nephews who work really hard ever time they dance and drum to do the best they can. They leard that you can win some and lose some but you always come out with a new family members and friends who will support you in anyway. Even going head to head they still laugh
Contest EntryKerry
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative Smudging, praying for our loved ones, near and far; here and gone; for the ones yet to come. KiseManito Creator Notawhinan Father Kisahkitin we love you Ninanaskohmtin I'm thankful for Pimatsowihn life
Contest EntryBridgette
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative In researching tribal traditions I discovered that our women would tattoo their faces, and couldn't help but wonder how I'd look if the tradition was big today. I actually went out in public like this, and got so many compliments on how beautiful I looked; and surprisingly more people stopped to ask me how I was doing or tell me to have a good day than usual. Many asked about what the look was for, which made me really happy because I love talking to people about my culture & eventually getting into Native life, activism, etc. Doing this started a lot of conversations that eventually led to what's going on in ND with Dakota Access and helped me to convince people to stand with Standing Rock. I don't know about others but I think if face tattoos didn't come with such a stigma, this would be a tradition to bring back. Chahta hapia hoke!
Contest EntryZion
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative Recently I've taken to beading and this was a result of that
Contest EntryJamarious
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative My mother died 2 months ago and I just wanted to enter the contest.
Contest EntryDanielle
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative I have been canoe pulling since 2012 about 5 years and during those 5 years canoe pulling has kept me drug and alcohol free! I am trutly blessed to have canoe pulling in my culture
Contest EntryAustin
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative Helping Jacksonville news crew do a segment about the local natives of Jacksonville(timucua) I love acting and giving representation of Natives tribes through any type of media. Giving us, the 1% a voice in anyway I can. I stand with standing rock!
Contest EntryReyna
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative I am wanting to support my native people. Love you guys!
Contest EntrySheyanne
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative So November is Native American Heritage month right? Well for me, Native American Heritage month is every month. I'm a registered Comanche from my mom's side, but I'm also Paiute/Shoshone from my dad's side. I am a modern-day Native American. I know that having confidence and faith in who I am and taking pride in my heritage is a part of being native... staying close with nature is also what being native is... understanding our "culture wound" (our past) is a part of being native... listening to our elders, "standing up" with standing rock and praying for those who are fighting for our clean water is being native... There is so much more of what being native is. Being native is about being strong, clear minded and open hearted. Having faith in ourselves and all together is what being native is, proof is how we shook the world by spreading #NoDAPL across the internet which resulted in top trending results on Facebook and Twitter ...amazing. We stand up for each other and others, over 500 tribes gathered to protect each other. Anyone or any schools who choose to celebrate Native American Heritage month should pay attention not just to Sitting Bull but also the modern-day Native and be taught about what we go through as modern day native Americans (the less than 1% in North America.)
Contest EntryJessica
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative I just want to be recognized as apart of the 1% and let it be known that I am Extremely proud to be who I am and the culture I am apart of! PS. I Stand For Stand Rock!
3rd PlaceRachael
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative The photo I submitted is me graduating from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in May. I graduated with a B.S. in psychology and had a GPA of 3.52. This was one of the best days of my life because it took so much time, effort, and money to get to get to this point. I am also happy to say I am the first one in my family to receive their Bachelor degree. I could not have done this without the support of my family, friends, and the staff from UNO. I am also grateful that all of my schooling was completely free due to my many scholarships and grants that I received. Now I am applying for a Master's in social work and hoping to start Fall 2017. I am hoping by becoming a clinical social worker I am able to change the lives of children and adolescents who are suffering from mental disorders or the stress from everyday life.
Contest EntryDanni
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative These are my four children all enrolled members of the confederated tribes of warm springs. Left to right... Tasha, Dalton, Cheydon, and Kahne Herkshan. Photo taken after a varsity girls soccer game. Each of my children are very proud if their native heritage and each of my children have set goals to go to college and come back to help the tribe prosper.
Contest EntryScierra
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative I am submitting to bring awareness of the plights we as Native Americans experience every day. It is now time that our voices be heard, and that we be granted with the same decency and respect that is given to every other American. With what's going on in this world, from political unrest to the oil protests at Standing Rock, the world is watching and it is our time as Native Americans to rise up and fight to protect what is sacred and no longer be passed off into the shadows as it was in the past.
Contest EntryKateri
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative When you are native you fight for what you believe in.
Contest EntrySpencer
During Native American Heritage Month, we asked you to show the world what it means to be Native using #weRnative I've been playing in the band for 5 years. I've learned 3 different instruments in that time. I've been accepted to play in the all district band, marching band, concert band and jazz band. Music helps me to express my feelings and and gives me something positive to focus on. Music is healing, it always has been and always will be.
3rd PlaceSylvia
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! We asked you to share what can you do if you think someone is being bullied. On this, I'm help my friend online that been bully because he FTM ((he transgender or female to male)). This person is saying bad things to her like 'Kill yourself and no one cares, etc. and I'm very against this, I have reported her for what she doing and standing up for him so I can end Bullying
Contest EntryAyanna
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! We asked you to share what can you do if you think someone is being bullied. My daughter is 13 yrs old, she goes to a monthly youth Hi¤Dasubač meetings, she attended one yesterday, and came home with this picture. She is too young for the age required, and I'm too old, 35, but still would like to submit what she does.
3rd PlaceJames
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! We asked you to share what can you do if you think someone is being bullied. This is my first submission to We R Native. I wanted to share some tips that I found have been helpful for me when talking about the issue with bullying with the students that I tutor. I hope you like it and I look forward to hearing back from y'all.
2nd PlaceEurick
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! We asked you to share what can you do if you think someone is being bullied. To ASSESS a situation of another individual struggling with the problem of bullying, one must understand that, that person may be going through a state of pain, pain in an emotional, psychological, spiritual, or physical way. If someone may be going through these problems, it could be you that takes the INITIATIVE to make a DIFFERENCE in that persons life. To say a simple "Hello" can do a lot; Embedding that thought in their mind that they're not forgotten, ignored, or not important. To let them know that they're ACKNOWLEDGED, they're special. Bullying is nothing but an insecure persons way of inflicting their pain on to other people by use of words, physical action, or to some extent the general action of messing with another persons emotions. It's a BEAUTIFUL and UPLIFTING thing to help another person in a time of need. To make another person SMILE, LAUGH, FEEL SPECIAL, turn the NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE. Inflict POSITIVE VIBES for them to carry on for the rest of the day, week, years, or even for the rest of their life. My entry for this contest would be nothing more than my contribution of sharing words and INSPIRATION to those who may have encountered someone in need of that POSITIVITY in their life. What can I do if someone is being bullied? Be there for them, talk, inform them just as I have through this entry. From there ENCOURAGE others to do the same.
Contest EntryIsabella
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! We asked you to share what can you do if you think someone is being bullied. Me being nice to people
1st PlaceMystikal
The End Of Bullying Begins With You! We asked you to share what can you do if you think someone is being bullied. The image I picked was because Native Americans still are being bullied in the 21st century even to this day! People don't see Native Americans as regular people just like them? They say drug users and alcohol abusers. They see us as being people that harm and hurt others? But that is not the case. We want what everyone else has: equal rights and to have a VOICE!! To speak up for our people. And what's going on in North Dakota known as the Dakota pipeline are brothers and sisters are over there fighting for mother earth, our clean water and this is causing ALL NATIVE AMERICANS AROUND THE WORLD TO JOIN TOGETHER!! And like it was said before, the Government fears one day we will all join together and that day is today! This is my report on bullying and standing up to it! It only takes one person to step up to put the foot down and be Native Strong and stop bullying and step up to stop bullying.
Contest EntryBrenden
This drawing is from an idea that I had seen on my reservation before. I took that idea and turned it in to something that has meaning to me. This picture represents part of who I am. I am half native and half white, on my native side I am both Hopi and Pima. This picture is a Hopi sun (Tawa) and within the sun is the other part of me which is the Pima man in the maze (U'ki'ut'l). With the two drawings joining together I can express how I feel, and at the same time show the beauty of color and simplicity. Even deeper, it shows the brighter and duller events in life and if you keep pushing and in the end the outcome will still be beautiful. The background has meaning too but just symbols. Thank you for the opportunity!
1st PlaceIesha-LaShay
September means back to school for a lot of us. During this back to school season, we asked you to take a selfie with your favorite teacher and tell us what makes them great! Hesci! Meet Mrs. Mullican. She is my school's AP Biology teacher and the sponsor of Pre-Med Society, but most importantly, she is my favorite teacher. Two years ago, I was the only freshman in her AP Biology class but she made sure to teach several life skills which included confidence in myself and my answers, and motivation to follow my dreams.Mrs. Mullican has helped me learn what I want to do when I graduate high school, and she has helped gain the confidence to apply to numerous prestigious summer programs around the country, all of which I was accepted. I thank her so much for pushing me and never expecting anything less than great from me.
2nd PlaceAlaysia
September means back to school for a lot of us. During this back to school season, we asked you to take a selfie with your favorite teacher and tell us what makes them great! This is Mrs. Gardner, both my math teacher and life teacher. She's helped me not only in my studies, but also in finding myself. Along with being an outstanding academic teacher she is an even better Poms coach. This picture was taken recently at my last first Poms performance with her. ❤️
Contest EntryTerence
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My name is Terrence McKay and I come from the Nooksack Indian Tribe. I am very passionate about my culture like Canoe Journey and War Canoe races. I'm a very kind person and I'm respectful. I'm a person that is willing to keep my culture alive, so our culture can move on to the next generations after me. This photo is me in a (war canoe) single in Swinomish.
Contest EntryTerence
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This photo is me taking photos of Nooksack Tribal Kids showing our way of culture. This picture was taken of him dancing to Canoe Journey songs. Nooksack teaching our youth our culture so they can move it on to the next generation.
Contest EntryKanani
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My 5 month old daughter (Oneida Dakota Hawaiian Mohican Nations) Traveled to Peacefully protect our waters for HER grandchildren! Standing Rock Relatives we are with you! #NODAPL #WATERISLIFE This earth does not belong to us, it belongs to the next generations
Contest EntrySuSun
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Me and two friends drove over 1,200 miles to Cannon Ball, ND to stand in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline with our brothers and sisters of Standing Rock. This is something we believe in so it was worth every mile. #WaterIsLife #LoveWaterNotOil #NoDAPL #rezpectourwater
Contest EntryTashoni
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Over the summer, our Youth council and members from our high school club paired up with a tribal elder who showed us how to properly pick "olith" "salt grass." Which is a rooted grass that is sacred to our Yokut people. It is a medicine, snack, and candy. Our goal was to teach the young ones how to keep a tradition alive
Contest EntryIesha-LaShay
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I was 1 of 25 native students in the nation selected to attend an intensive medical workshop in Washington, D.C. While there, we learned many important skills like business etiquette, but we also learned how to show our native pride in our work. We learned that we could treat patients with the same sacred ways that we would treat a member of our tribe and we also learned how to incorporate native medicine ways into western medicine.
Contest EntryScott Inailangaaqtuq
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My grandparents left our ancestral lands of NunatuKavut after their time in the residential school system. So now, living in an environment that's very different from our homeland, the challenge is to find that connection for my spirit. I love attending the Powwows here and dancing speaks to my very soul, but with the lack of Inuit representation I find that I feel most at home when I drive myself to the coast and drum on the beach. Because I know that those waters that touch my toes and hear my prayers are the same waters that Sedna keeps back in NunatuKavut. Saimu!
Contest EntryKateri
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Summer to me is making traditional elm bark berry baskets with my sister. I stripped the elm bark from the tree and used strips of elm to sew the sides of the basket. The elm bark made a noise like a shishigwen or a rattle while coming off the tree. The same sound is in our creation story. We used black ash for the rim! I use my basket all the time because it is super strong!! Iw!
Contest EntryKiana
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I am showing my native pride out in the City of Gallup after the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Parade at Taco Bell in my Full Zuni Traditional attire!
Contest EntrySierra
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! When I was 8 months old, my mother introduced me to the dance arena. Ever since that day, I have fallen more and more in love with dancing. Dancing in the circle isn't just a cultural thing to me, it's become part of my life. When I was little I would constantly switch from wanting to dance fancy shawl to wanting to dance jingle. But as I matured, I realized that dancing jingle came more naturally to me, especially dancing old style. I don't remember the first time I danced old style, but I remember the feeling of just knowing that it felt like I had found exactly what I was supposed to do. By dancing old style I fit in more with my community, Mille Lacs, where the healing dress has a very sacred and special place. Last year I was so fortunate to be chosen as the Mille Lacs Senior Princess, a title that I danced with in 4 different states at 16 different powwows. My title not only gave me the opportunity to travel to powwows I had only dreamed of going to (like Gathering of Nations, where my video takes place), but it also built strong new friendships and gave me an amazing connection to my reservation, a place where I had felt previously so disconnected due to the 30 miles between my hometown and reservation. Dancing isn't just a cultural thing to me, it's part of my life. And I am so grateful that I was brought up in the dance arena.
Contest EntryKyLynn
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I was so excited to graduate high school and get the opportunity to wear my dress, shoes and jewelry. So many people after graduation wanted to take pictures with me and of my dress. Was the best emotional day.
Contest EntryTashina
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Wild raspberry picking, daily doses of Lake Superior and trails my ancestors walked, all in my own backyard. Summer for me, is soaking up sun and traditions. I am a maker, student, and storyteller. I culturally continue through the artistic process, each phases equally important from the last. My work encompasses the new age, a contemporary outlook on healing and life - creating a modern tradition in itself. Not giving, but passing along a piece of hope, beauty, and positivity with each story and work I share.
Contest EntryPhilip
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I am interested in health programs for American Indian youth that promote healthy eating, diabetes prevention, and exercise. I believe that through health and wellness programs, American Indian youth can health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Contest EntryCoral
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I am interested in education, especially STEM programs, I would like to have the opportunity to help other American Indian youth in my community, tribe, and across the country by promoting education. I would like to see more programs for American Indian youth in STEM fields, I believe that furthering your education is a way to help our American Indian people.
Contest EntryNizhoni
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This summer I went on the tribal canoe journey to Nisqually. I sing, dance, pull in our canoe and represent royalty for my tribe. I went with my dad to schools to sing and dance S'Klallam songs and teach about our culture.
Contest EntryKimberly
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I painted this picture of my depiction of the creator Shukwayaˀtísu. The creator is very earthly and peaceful. I'm in my third year of learning the Oneida Language this year, its very rewarding getting closer to your culture.
Contest EntryNancy
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! During the summer months our Ceremonial Grounds have our Green Corn Ceremonies, which is our New Year celebrations. My favorite dance is our Ribbon Dance. All of our dances are sacred and hold a special place, but my favorite memories growing up was getting ready to ribbon dance with my sisters/cousins and mom. I never thought I could love this dance any more than I already do, but that changed when my niece started dancing last summer. My niece is super shy, but everything changes when it’s time to dance. She has a pure love for our Ceremonial Grounds and Dances. When we first danced together she watched me the whole time making sure she was okay. This summer we danced together again, and every time I looked at her she had the biggest smile and was always watching me. Before we danced she asked at least one hundred times if it was time to get ready. I realized the love I have for dancing is definitely being passed down. Being her aunt is the greatest joy I have now when dancing. So how do I #Represent? I #Represent by participating and passing on our traditions to the future generations.
Contest EntrySierra
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My family and I, all went huckleberry picking in Washington state.
Contest EntryElizabeth
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This is a photo of my siblings and I (I'm the girl on the left) when we went to the United National Indian Tribal Youth (unity) gathering. Day 3 allowed us to show our culture.
Contest EntryAmy
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I'm running for Miss Odawa Nation and this is one the photos that were taken for my portfolio
Contest EntryMichael
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This picture was taken while we were leaving from our 27 mile pull. This was Thursday the 28th.
Contest EntryMillicent
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I have to find an organization to do an internship for school. I chose to work with Native seniors at the Mosaic Center in Central Phoenix. Before my hours count I am volunteering. I plan on continue to work with the Mosaic Center until I graduate. I have many ideas and look forward to doing a lot of good work for my elders.
Contest EntryMonica
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This was my trip last weekend admiring mother nature's biggest tree creations the sequoias. Cleansing my mind, body, and spirit I spent a whole week connecting with nature like my ancestors did.
Contest EntryMuriel
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! It's a picture of a Teepee that we have ceremonies in. We sacrifice a night to pray, give thanks, and eat medicine. Some people may know it as Native American Church, but we call it the place where they lay the medicine.
Contest EntryChristina
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Miyaquwe! Etew naquwital nichill Christina. Hello! My name is Christina. This picture is of my cousin, my sister, and I. We show our Native pride through our dance. We're Cahuilla from Santa Rosa Reservation! We are part of a nonprofit intertribal Native American dance group and dance as a part of a annual show in our town. The intertribal native American group that we are in is held together by Steve Alvarez, a fellow Native American! Growing up my mother didn't really teach us that much about our culture besides the basics. Although, in the group we spread knowledge about our cultures to each other sometimes we learn things we already knew and sometimes we learn new stuff. Either way we enjoy learning! We love to show our Native pride through our dancing and singing, especially through the show because we show others about our culture also! I hope that others can also spread the knowledge of our culture to those who don't know nothing about it. To show and prove that us native Americans are still here and strong!
Contest EntryKalela
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Riding into Bear Paw Battlefield wear my ancestors fought until they couldn't fight anymore. I rode for my tribe and representing my family. Bear Paw battlefield is where Chief Joseph surrendered. I couldn't be anymore thankful to experience this.
Contest EntryCindy
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Being at the lake fishing and enjoying nature. Love to be in the water! Eastfork Lake is beautiful! Always wanted a boat.
Contest EntryAdon
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This is a picture from of the group that attended the Michigan Indian Leadership Progam at Michigan State University
Contest EntryKelly
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My mother in law and I sewed and beaded these buckskin moccasins for my 6 month old son, Aegon Nymeros Cleveland - who is of Hochunk, Navajo, Ute, and Chippewa heritage. He loves to dance with his choka (grandpa) singing and we decided for our young dancer, he would need mocs!
Contest EntryDomynique
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Our tribes new canoe first journey pull from Muckleshoot to Puyallup
Contest EntryLaura
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My daughter on our way to the 2016 Ojibwe Water Gathering at Ojibway Park, Garden River First Nation, Ontario. Showing off her beaded hat and quill star earrings. Visited Sailt Ste Marie, learned some more family history, met relatives, and put our tobacco down by Lake Superior.
Contest EntryAiyana
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This photo of me and some of my friends also from Tule River at the 2016 unity conference in Oklahoma City. We are showing our pride by going to this conference and telling other natives about our culture and what we do in our community to represent natives, also learn about other natives and what they do in their community
2nd PlaceChauncey
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Father and Son on hunting on their land - Shinnecock Nation, Long Island New York. Hunting Fowl.
Contest EntryJailyn
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This past weekend was my tribes annual powwow..and I was crowned Senior Miss Keweenaw Bay, my job is to go to other powwows & represent Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. This picture I submitted is the Jr. Miss Keweenaw Bay & I as we were being greeted by friends & family after we got crowned.
Contest EntryRatu
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Every day, I wake up thinking about how great it is to be apart of a community of people and how we all share a common trait. We are all native, indigenous people to society and should represent it accurately to others when we go out in public, post to social media, etc. So, I like to where a Native cap that shows that I am proud Native American person and want to represent my community everywhere I go.
Contest EntryTallulah
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Nya:wëh sge:noh This summer I am spending my time with other Native youth in my community horseback riding, canoeing, beading and learning about each others tribes and cultures.
Contest EntryKelly
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My submission is a picture I myself edited of pictures I took at a Youth camp called Today We Follow Tomorrow We Lead. The youth camp is put together by my father Darrell Begay, my step mother Anita Begay and myself. This youth camp is how I celebrate my native pride because we do so much in our camp as in: arts and craft, horse back ride, fun walk, bike ride, and prayer services (Native American Church). We have it every year in the summer for our youth. We are sponsored by Running Strong American Indian Youth, who provides us with School Supplies and much more to donate to students who attend our camp.
Contest EntryAriel
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! My brother, Jacob Hewlin, and I are pictured with Mrs. Dawne DuShane at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe's Rev. C.H. Richardson Building. Mrs. Dawne was a member of the Longest Walk 5 group this year, and we had the pleasure of meeting her and so many other wonderful American Indians. We also had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Lydia, Will, Raymond, Sarah, Blue, and many more. Our tribe welcomed them into the community with some good food and some good dancing. I was asked to do the women's shuffle, or "eskanye ganiseh". Of course, they were tired from their journey, so not everyone came down to the fire to watch. I enjoyed teaching a few of the women how to do eskanye. I also enjoyed the talks that we had about our ancestors. My brother and I had so much fun. The Longest Walk is a movement created by Mr. Dennis Banks who is an activist and a tribal leader for all Native Americans that tackles issues impacting Indian Country and the country as a whole. This year, the Longest Walk 5 was done to address domestic violence and the war on drugs.
Contest EntryLofanitani
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I #Represent. Whether it be Modeling, Hunting or being student body president; I #Represent!
Contest EntryTashina
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! 140 years ago my people won a victory at the Battle of Little Big Horn and captured the flag that I am carrying. I am honored to call myself Lakota and I live on the Rosebud reservation. I am Little Miss Rosebud Rodeo. I am requested to carry the American flag and tribal flag at several rodeo and public events . I ride in honor of my people and veterans past present and future. #REPRESENT Native Pride
Contest EntryVaneshea
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! How I represent my Native American culture is I go fishing I go canoeing and camping all the time. I also attend a lot of power to show my daughter what she is also. I am also starting to make my own Native American items like drums ,flip flops things that represent being Native American. I love being part Native American. I am Native American, black and white. My mom is native and white and my dad is black and native. I love everything about my culture and I definitely love to represent it and I would love to learn more about it.
Contest EntryZion
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I took bamboo threads and bought a loom and some beads and I taught myself how to create beaded bracelets. Pima were well known for their creative ability.
Contest EntryKeniahkiw
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This summer, I'll be at powwows raising money for the Inaugural Powwow hosted by the American Indian Society of Washington D.C. Here's a video of me dancing over the 4th of July weekend! #REPRESENT #InagurualPW2017
Contest EntryJonathan
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This picture is of myself participating in a traditional name giving last year for one of my relatives, but is also a similar dress code if you were to be participating the in annual Tribal Canoe Journey. Very strong medicine that comes out from both gatherings, anyhow. Aho.
1st PlaceAurora
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! This summer I am spending almost every Saturday with my canoe family, we are practicing being in the canoe, capsizing, songs, dances, language and enjoying each other's company. We are also preparing for the paddle to Nisqually canoe journey which includes a hosting day and tons of fun traveling.
Contest EntryGabriel
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I went to a leadership institute in sante Fe new Mexico and they took us to UNM law school which I am very interested in
Contest EntryMicki
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Just gonna be me tell trust go fly the flag off my balcony
Contest EntryJustyn
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Summer's to us Muskogean people mean our ceremonies and stompdance. This picture is from us stomp dancing as the sun goes down.
Contest EntrySara
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Being in the We R Native program was amazing. We got to meet new people and enjoying each others company.
Contest EntryMichele
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! I am Inupiaq, and this summer to show my Native pride I am starting my Suicide Prevention film project with many Native youth in Alaska, Hawaii, and in other places. Suicide has become an issue within Native communities, and it poses a big threat to our native youth. My first film that addressed substance abuse in my home-village attracted 1,000 views, and I spoke at two public events about it! This Suicide Prevention project will make my second public short-film that addresses a native communal issue; it will be a youth-led, cultural film. I am also attending the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Conference as a "25 Under 25" honoree. At the conference I will meet many motivated young leaders, and discuss my Suicide Prevention film project with UNITY and my peers. Hopefully, I will receive the funding to get the film-aspect of this project started as soon as possible! As Native people we stick together, and unite to tackle life's obstacles.
Contest EntryIesha-LaShay
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! Today, June 4th, I ran for Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation. I recieved awards for 1st runner up and Miss Congeniality. Although I did not win the title of becoming Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation , I have been looking for other ways to show my passion of teaching out native youth to love their cultures. So, I decided to apply to be an ambassador for WeRNative.
3rd PlaceDehrich
For the summer 2016 contest we asked you to show us how you #REPRESENT Native pride. Check out some ways others are showing their Native pride! #NativePride! This photo is of me dancing a song that was composed in honor of a passing elder. My mask represents her life. She was a beloved water-color artist, who did a lot for Sugpiaq culture. The mask was burned after the dance to send messages up to her in her afterlife.
Contest EntrySuSun
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. I made a difference in my community by planning a beach day clean up for my youth council and Chemawa Youth Coalition to be apart of! Everyone had fun. There were snack and prizes! I planned this project in recognition of Earth Day. Although, everyday is Earth Day and environmental service projects are good year-round! 🙂
Contest EntryEmily
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. This creative writing piece was published in "Four Winds" adult literary magazine. My main focus of this piece is the character of "Tiger Lily" from the Peter Pan movie. I wanted to create her into a character that Native girls could look up to instead of a character that makes fun of our culture. I hope to continue using my writing to break through stereotypes and document how truly beautiful and important my culture is. Tiger Lily Claims Herself Emily Clarke Fake Lily had cousins who shaved off their facial hair and painted their eyebrows on with sticky eyeliner pencils bought from the Reservation pharmacy. She never wanted to look as artificial as they did, but most of all she didn’t want to have to worry about sweating off her brows during summer. Lily wore makeup if she wanted to, but she also liked to leave her face bare. She wasn’t trying to impress anyone. She kept the answer to the “Who you trying to look good for?” questions that her cousins harassed her with every time she went out to herself. She didn’t want, or need, anyone’s approval. Baby Daddy Last night her Facebook status read, “I don’t need a man!” But this morning as she helps her son down from the table, her emotions seem to sink a little lower. Her phone rings and she doesn’t pick it up until after the caller has had time to leave a voicemail. It’s her mom. “Lily? I heard you don’t got no man now! Who you think gonna pay your bills?” Lily sighs and slips the phone into the pocket of her jeans. She squats to hug her son. “I’ll pay the bills, baby. I’m going to take care of us. We don’t need anyone. Don’t worry, Mommy’s got this all figured out.” The Ranch Lily had grown up on a ranch. When she was eleven, her dad bought a pig that they would eventually butcher. Since she had grown up around these kinds of things, she had no problem with the fact that the pig would be fed until it was grown and then be killed for meat. One morning she woke up to find her dad and cousins butchering the pig outside in the yard. She went outside to ask what had happened but her dad sent her away. Lily ran around the other side of the house and found her uncle. “What happened to the pig?” She asked. “The damn dog got in there and tore it up,” her uncle said. “What happened to the dog? Lily asked, already knowing the answer. “We can’t have dogs killing our animals, Lily.” He had already shot it. One Size Fits All Lily was never overweight but always had enough meat on her bones. As she got into her teen years her chest and hips filled out and she learned to appreciate her curves. But she couldn’t help but feel out of place when her friends used their lean bodies to win softball championships or when guys literally swept them off their feet. Lily was not fat or skinny, she was not short or tall, she liked being average. But sometimes she felt as though she had no shape, like she was made up of nothing at all. Maybe she was just an image, something that even she didn’t understand. She sometimes liked to disappear; she liked to feel as though she was floating away. But eventually, she would drift back into reality and take her place, standing quiet and strong.
Contest EntryAshley
I am making a difference by learning about many problems I never knew existed that feed off of our Native people. I never knew there was more to than just being Native. I never was taught my Sugstun language, I wasn't taught about traditional song and dance, or how to make regalia, or even bead. I didn't know we had an alcoholism problem, or drug problem, or relationship problems. I thought that was "normal." When I was 16 I was introduced to a Powwow and got hooked. I knew I wanted to make a difference in my community and send positive examples back to my homelands. I put in applications to become royalty and used the titles to reach to our people and speak for the youth who thought they never had a voice. I've been involved with indigenous women empowerment, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, I even perform at the local prisons with a drum group I belong to and give the prisoners home, I have been asked to motivational speak for the first time for a basketball tournament and youth conference, protesting for the freedom of the Fairbanks Four, protesting against shell arctic drilling. I stand strong with these wonderful experiences and opportunities under my belt. I even made my own Regalia's, learned to bead, and start speaking some of my language. When the crowns were gifted to me, they weren't for me, they're for the youth, the people, the elder, and my ancestors. I hope my example of love for the people will reach the heart of our native youth.
Contest EntryTim
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. Building a sweat lodge and gathering medicines with people wanting to learn our heritage
1st PlaceIesha-LaShay
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. Hesci! Estonko? Iesha Phillips cv hocefkv tos. Vmvcvlket palen epohkaken ohritos. Hello! How are you? My name is Lesha Phillips. I am 16 years old. I decided to run for Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation so that I could help our native youth. My platform is Native Pride. I want all native youth, no matter their skin color, to be proud of where they came from and encouraged to learn more about their culture. My goal is to make sure our youth know that they can do anything they set their minds to as long as they don't give up. Studies show that the dropout rate for native youth is double the national average. Studies also show that the second leading cause of death in our native youth is suicide. This is because our native youth need someone who believes that they will succeed. More at wernative.org/blog-posts/iesha-lashay
Contest EntryJavier
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. I like to drum with the young ones and keep the heart beat of the drum going because when the beat of the drums stops our people are not who we are anymore. It's the only thing that keeps us who we are.
Contest EntrySancho
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. We want to keep our traditional values alive and pass them on to the younger generation who will also pass them on to their children. We want to keep our subsistence lifestyle the way our elders do it. Culiamta Uyangtaakut
Contest EntrySavannah
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. I am helping tutor a 6th grader in his studies
Contest EntryShannon
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. Aiy-ikwee ( hello). My name is Shannon Albers and I live on The Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, the biggest Reservation in California I am the the chairman of the Hoopa Valley Youth Council and I have been the chairman for 3 consecutive years. In this image the council has organized a "No Show" rally against the school district. We have done this because we felt we weren't being looked at as the priority of the school. Since this has happened we have scheduled meetings with the school district to discuss some solutions for our schools issues.
2nd PlaceKevin
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. I am a third generation United States Marine. I enlisted because of my grandfather was a Navajo Code Talker, and my father was also a Marine. I was also inspired by the Navajo Code Talkers during World War 2, and how they defended our great nation. I wanted to defend my nation and my people.
Contest EntryAlison
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. I have always been interested in helping the Native community by spreading awareness with the information I am able to provide (along with the help of the Native community). I am the founder and president of the first Student Native American Culture Club in the Hays CISD District. We provide awareness of the culture, news affecting the community, while brining a well rounded program to teach Natives and Non Natives in our district about the culture and it's traditions and values. I plan to further this by bringing it to the college of my choice where I will study to become a Nurse Midwife. With this education I plan to work within my tribes counties.
Contest EntryLacey
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. My submission is a screenshot of a document because I am uploading this from a cellphone
Contest EntryAmanda
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. I am the President of the North Idaho College American Indian Student Alliance and this year as a community outreach project we sponsored a room at the Children's Village. The Children's Village is a home for children who are abused, neglected, or in severe family crisis. It consists of 2 homes with 12 rooms in each home. At Children's Village, each child's room is decorated uniquely to be an inviting sanctuary to a child in need. As the room sponsor, we refurbished everything in the room including walls, paint, outlets, light fixtures, and furniture. We then purchased all the needs for the room like bedding, curtains, hangers, storage bins, a lamp, radio, etc. Our girly, fun design was added to make it a special room for whomever needs it. The picture is of me and my Club Advisor, Evanlene MeltingTallow standing in the room when it was all finished.
Contest EntryNikita
Acidifying oceans, eroding coastlines, shifting subsistence species… Just a snapshot of my involvement in addressing climate change impacts and how to adapt to them in the rural community of Unalaska. I am currently working as the Climate Change Planning Coordinator at the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska in efforts of making a positive and sustainable difference to my tribal community. For my community of about 5,000 people, I am coordinating a forum, Aleutian Life Forum based on building coastal resiliency in the face of climate change as well as other efforts of creating a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the tribal community. In hopes of engaging the tribal youth on a larger scale, I’ve recently been selected as one of the participants on EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s (NEJAC) Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Workgroup. The workgroup will be assisting the EPA in developing strategies and finding opportunities to combat climate change on a nationwide level.
3rd PlaceWaverli
During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community. Good Afternoon, My name is Waverli Thompson, I'm 19 years old. I am from Akwesasne, a reservation in upstate New York. I attend St.Lawrence College in Cornwall,ON. I am studying Early Childhood Education. The photo I have submitting in a picture of all the dance teachers who help volunteer teaching dance class every Wednesday in our community. The classes we offer are free for the community (ages 3-12 years). Our dance club is called The St.Regis Rec Dance Club. Our program as been growing over the last few years getting new teachers who are interested in helping make a difference. Last session we did project pantry and had the children bring in a non-perishable food item each week. After each class on Wednesday we would go and deliver the food to the the food pantry which is being used by 75 family's in the community. Our next fundraiser we did was go dancing for Donna. Donna is one of the Totas to two of our dancers and she was fighting with cancer. All the change collected made at the fundraiser was given to Donna to help make her wish of going to Hawaii true. Now we are in our 6th season of dance. We are doing the sunshine club, the sunshine club brings some sunshine to our Totas in the community. Each week the children bring in items that will go in baggies and be given to the Totas. The items are nail polish, crossword puzzles, pens and pencils, blankets, tissues, and also bath supplies. Each season is something new we do to give back to our community.
Contest EntryNaomi
I am volunteering and teaching students in the Community of Arlee the fundamentals of Lacrosse. During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community.
Contest EntryNicholas Kale
I am 16 years old. I play the drums at our church and learning other instruments. I am learning MMA getting ready for my first fight. I help out by feeding and mowing for different people that live around us. I have been in the Antlers YAB and served in our town for 2.5 years. I love to fish and hunt. I am building me a cabin right now and love to try to write and sing songs. I was adopted as a young child and I homeschooled. I am #5 OF 10 kids. During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community.
Contest EntryAlbert
Name is Albert Plant III, I am enrolled Ojibway and Descendant of Salish and Kootenai Tribes. I have been playing lacrosse since I was in 8th grade. I enjoy the game of lacrosse and I was given the opportunity to share my knowledge with children in St. Ignatius, Montana. During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community.
Contest EntryVictoria
This is it. I am going to faint. Quit biting your lip. Don't mess up. Don't speak too fast. Remember to look up while you speak. Talk from the heart. Speak with passion. Don't forget to smile. Don't be too hard on yourself. "I'd like to welcome our next speaker, Miss Victoria Jackson." Breathe. It took a long 10 seconds to walk up to the podium where I was to talk about my community project and community involvement at a state wide Girl Scout conference. I talked about growing up with a brother with autism and how that inspired me to create a support group for children who have a sibling with autism. I also talked about my 4 year involvement in the global action team where I have learned to become an advocate for world issues. So far I've learned to raise awareness for human and labor trafficking, violence against women and girls, environmental issues and education for girls. Through my community involvement I have been lucky enough to teach middle school girls to become advocates on these world issues and I have been blessed with the young children I have been able to support through my support group. During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community.
Contest EntryLoatani
I'm Loatani Anay Watty, 20, of tribe EBCI. Of Cherokee, NC.
Contest EntryOdessa
#RAKWildcatNation is a hashtag used when you do a random act of kindness to someone to make their day. During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community.
Contest EntryLillian
Our group consist of Raylene Sanchez-Lee, Winona George, and Lillian Sanchez-Lee. We are in several leadership clubs and sports. Like Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Kamiakin Indian Club, ASB. Some sports are Varsity Basketball and JV fast pitch. We are all in honor roll. Our groups goal was to feed 100 less-fortunate Native American and individual who lived on the Yakama Nation who could not have a Christmas dinner; We also wanted to provide a candy bag, and Christmas present. We advertised on the radio, newspaper, and had fliers around the community. As our group hosted the Christmas dinner party on December 19, 2015 @1:00pm -5:00pm for the less fortunate Native Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians. We wanted the guest to be granted the opportunity to celebrate the holidays. To accomplish our goal we reached out to the Yakama Nation Tribal businesses for donation and several organizations helped us. For example Yakama Nation Land Enterprise donated 100 hygiene gift bags for 50 men and 50 women. We also had volunteers who were granted community hours. We also had Yakama Legends Casino cater the event to save time prior to the event. We had the room decorated and had a Christmas tree.Our group exceeded our goal and feed 150 guest. All guest received a candy bag, Christmas gift, hygiene gift bag, hats, gloves, socks, scarves, and boxes of cups of noodles. We also raffled a brand new 6 year old girls bike a way and the winner was Louisa B. All leftover hygiene gift bags went to Noah's Ark which is the homeless shelter located in Wapato, Wa. We let all leftover food go to the guest to take home. As we put on the event to give back to the Yakama Nation and the community we were very excited because one small act of kindness can start a chain reaction. This event will be an annual and we hope there will be more next year. We our already starting to get things for this coming up Christmas. Thank you for your consideration. Graciously, Lillian Sanchez-Lee During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community.
Contest EntryDenyse
In short, I wanted to express how I am trying to have an impact on our Native youth specifically in financial literacy. My goal is to have an impact on our young community members; specifically in financial literacy. Reason being is because we are not taught about “life” after high school. I was one of the lucky ones who was hired at the age of 19 into a non-profit CDFI and became a Certified Financial Education Trainer in the process. Within my four years of working with the company I have seen the financial hardships of our people. To avoid these circumstances I am teaching our youth NOW. I have returned to my local high school to teach the students the basics of saving, budgeting, and spending. I have also provided them with information on post-secondary education grant and scholarship monies so they don’t fall victim to student debt. I recently attended the Native American Youth Empowerment Symposium as a panelist. The panel discussion was revolved around Innovative Financial Education Resources for the youth. So I have not only been able to reach to the youth within my community but surrounding Native communities as well. As our elderly say, “it begins with our youth”; it begins with us. During May we asked you to share how you're making a positive difference in your Tribe or community.
2nd PlaceVictor
Swinomish is a fishing tribe. It is important for us to have clean and healthy water. This picture is by the docks with my friends. We all help to take care of our village. I am on the right side of the picture next to a pole. During April we asked you to show the world the beauty of #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource.
3rd PlaceWade
Everyday I'm in the mountains on the Yakama reservation. Planting trees where there was a wild fire three years ago. Restoring the land by planting trees and making sure each one is planted the right way do they can survive and thrive in the hills. Giving back and connecting with our mother. Fifteen years from now my son will be able to see our work and know it makes a difference. During April we asked you to show the world the beauty of #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource.
1st PlaceRylee
I live in beautiful, Big Sky Montana. I appreciate the waters all around me. I protect the water by not being wasteful. I turn the water off when I'm brushing my teeth; I turn it off when I'm scrubbing my hands, & I am mindful of the time when I shower. During April we asked you to show the world the beauty of #IndianCountry and tell us what you're doing to protect this precious resource.
Contest EntrySincere
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!
1st PlaceVanessa
I love to run. I am a Brown belt in tae kwon do. I wrestle. I do Brazilian jujitsu and I dance Fancy shall. I was red cliffs Princess for about a year. My life goal would have to be becoming a cage fighting pharmacist. During National Nutrition Month, we asked you to join We R Native’s fitness photo contest by sharing your fitness and healthy eating photos. During National Nutrition Month, we asked you to join We R Native’s fitness photo contest by sharing your fitness and healthy eating photos. Check out Vanessa's (Redcliff, age 15) entry.
2nd Placeiire23
Instagram user iire23: #weRnative #LetsMove During National Nutrition Month, we asked you to join We R Native’s fitness photo contest by sharing your fitness and healthy eating photos.
3rd PlaceJada
Jada is 13 years old and has played Fast pitch since she was 9 years old for city league as well as for a traveling team. She has also played soccer for 2 years and now is trying out basketball for her first year. She enjoys working out and using the treadmill after practices. She is a great athlete who seems to love pushing herself to be a little better each time. During National Nutrition Month, we asked you to join We R Native’s fitness photo contest by sharing your fitness and healthy eating photos. During National Nutrition Month, we asked you to join We R Native’s fitness photo contest by sharing your fitness and healthy eating photos. Check out Jada's (Lower Elwha Klallam, age 13) entry.
2nd PlaceAndre
A way to keep your Relationship heathly is to have hope, courge, love, respect, and to treat your Special friend like no other in the best way possible. Healthy things to do, go to ceremonies, Powwows, round dances, play basketball, and do other things to make each other happy. You want to keep them happy to make yourself happy, seeing their smile. hearing their laugh. Should make you happy. I know it makes me.
3rd PlaceRaven
To start and keep a healthy relationship I think the first thing two people can do is to become friends. Getting to know someone is one of the funnest parts of dating someone but make sure that person you're getting to know is your friend! What is a friend? A friend is someone who you share time, interest, conversation with, a friend is someone you feel you can trust, someone who you can be yourself around. So to me the key part about building a relationship is to build a friendship. Relationships take time to build. Relationships take understanding, honesty, and genuine feelings of interest towards the other person. Mutual interests can also be an important part in relationships but also respecting differences. Basically, relationships can be complicated and take time but with friendship, honesty, understanding, and genuine interest I believe a relationship can be not only built but kept.
1st PlaceJewel
My longest Relationship was 6 year with my high school sweetheart, starting our senior year in h.S. I was never good at explaining my feelings, i was good at ignoring our problems and pretending they never happened or our problems were not a big deal. This bugged the hell out of my guy. When i had hurt my guy and yes i was guilty, i knew i had to do right and explain my actions. Instead of talking out, i wrote him a letter, i found that i could explain myself, explain the situation, and my feelings through pen and paper. After he would read it, we could talk about it, he could ask questions About the letter and i could clarify things that i wrote. Communication is vital in any relationship and being able to able to understand yourself--meaning your strengths and weaknesses in your comminication skills is important. When we had problems we wrote each other letters and I believe this is what led to Being together for six years. After we agreed to grow and experience life by Ourselves (we were not ready for marriage or kids), we left on good terms (a standard i Now live by--leaving a relationship on good terms). I still have those letters of our problems and our make-ups and read them time to time, i realized how much i have matured since "my first/young love", and what i still need to work on/improve on. My advice to young lovers is learn to love yourself first, work on your communication skills, if you and your partner cannot talk about safe sex/condoms/birth control/sTDs (you are not ready to engage in that kind of activity & that is okay), learn patience, leave any relationship on good terms (if possible), understand you are still growing--i know i am. Last, but not least Talk to someone you trust about your relationship, someone you can go to when things get rough. During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, we asked you to share some tips with us about how you start or keep a healthy relationship and you delivered! Check out Jewel's (Hualapai), age 25, February contest entry. Photo by: https://flic.kr/p/AuWLTn
3rd PlaceRoy
I want to run 85 miles a month . And be able to not depend on alcohol for any reason what so ever . And last but not least i want to further my education so that my family and the future generations can benefit from me and our tribe. Photo by: https://flic.kr/p/7ZHVyy
The Coleville native youth group pictured includes Shaylor, Sloan, Pawahnee and Rosalia Their Rezoloutions are Shaylor: "To succeed in my young adult life. finish H.S. & go to college (top of my class)" Sloan: "help others out, stay fit, be nice to others, keep my grades up." Pawahnee: "Keep my grades up, stay in shape for sports." Rosalia: " To get scholarships for college! EXERSICE Work on spelling..."
2nd PlaceKendrea
Finish my junior year of high school with a steady and set mind. Focus on family, my health, my life. Learn to care for others and myself at the same time. Be a healthier me. Learn and invest in mine and others cultures, and most importantly, change the native Youth of this Generation, Teach them about our ways and heritage. Photo by: https://flic.kr/p/5SNmpt
Contest EntryAmelda
Changes in 2016 is that I will continue to help other further than i have in 2015 and having others helplessness as a push on my motivation. Photo by https://flic.kr/p/8jpHoi
Contest EntryEvalanilove
Instagram user evalanilove: 😍 I absolutely love switching up my cardio, some days I box other days I do stair master but this weekend I felt compelled to go on an nice jog! I wasn't trying to go hard by any means and listened to my body the entire time ☀️ I just wanted to be outside and I couldn't be happier! #babystepsisprogress #cantstopwontstop #weRnative 💪🏽🐾 During National Nutrition Month, we asked you to join We R Native’s fitness photo contest by sharing your fitness and healthy eating photos.
Contest Entryworkout_war_paint
Instagram user workout_war_paint: Baked chicken, green beans, Kalamata olives, jalepeno hummus!! So delicious!! #healthyactivenatives #weRnative #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney During National Nutrition Month, we asked you to join We R Native��_��_s fitness photo contest by sharing your fitness and healthy eating photos.
2015

Winning Entries from 2015

3rd PlaceDouglas
I strengthen my nation by respecting my elders and staying drug and alcohol FREE!!!! Cause drugs are lame. -Douglas (Gros Ventre)
1st PlaceSuSun
I strengthen my nation by hosting a workshop for native youth to address Issues in our community and finding ways we can work to solve them.
1st PlaceSuSun
"This is mr. Robison, he is my Chemistry Teacher. Science has always been my Least Favorite Subject but Robison has made it easier for me to understand. He has a unique relationship with all of his Students, he makes us feel welcome and i think thats what makes him special. Robison is good at making us laugh and i enjoy his class, this is what makes Him Great." -SuSun (Confederated Tribes of Siletz, age 16)
3rd PlaceElijah Bevis
At Muckleshoot powwow this year, breaking in my new beadwork and new roach. I've been dancing grass my whole life. Powwow is life cause it is where I come to find good medicine, good laughs, good people. I don't think there is anything wrong with powwows at all. Very powerful.
2nd PlaceElyssia
"You might be in a world of darkness, but your spirit shines bright with light."
1st PlaceElyssia
"this wonderful lady is toni she is my native education teacher and she has impacted my life so much theres no way to not love her! she is the the Momager to N.E.R.D.S (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) and she has the biggest heart she is a other mom to so many native youth in my community. My brother failed over 16 classes in his high school life and with the help of toni he made up all his credits and walked with his class. I look up to toni as my role model she is everything i want to be a kind,open hearted,arms open to anyone in need she is just a all around great person." -Elyssia (Pomo, age 15)
3rd PlaceMaddie
Native sorority at the University of Oklahoma- Gamma Delta Pi!
1st PlaceAshley
"This guy has made the begining of my senior year a blast. Mr. Hair isnt just a teacher, he's a friend and a coach. He's a sarcastic goof While also being a serious educator, which i think is the best combination of qualities for an awesome teacher. I'm very thankful for the teacher that he is. i Probably wouldn't be as excited to learn government everyday if he wasn't my teacher. Thank you mr. Hair for being an educator as well as a friend." -Ashley (Oglala Lakota. age 17)
1st PlaceMalia Collins
Pow wows have been a part of my life since the time I could walk. My parents bought me a jingle dress when I was 14 months old, and I ran out into the circle and have been there ever since. It is in that circle that I have found my center, my peace, and my best friends. I have family all over the Northwest, Montana, Idaho, California and Canada. I have been adopted by so many families, that no matter where I go, I always see my extended family and I have someplace to sit and a home to stay at, so to me Pow wows mean family, visiting and having a great time of laughter and get togethers.
3rd PlaceBayless
Oglala Lakota / Huichol & Tohono Odham #Nativepride
1st PlaceFaith
"You deserve more in life than death."
1st PlaceBirk
"I'm Alaskan Native attending Lake Placid High. Alaskan teacher Hollie Koyukuk and her Athabascan husband, Carlson, lent the airline ticket that allowed me to begin 7th grade in New York. Mr. William Duffany was my Global studies and Journalism teacher in 10th grade. He is effective, engaging and has insight into character saying supportive comments like "Still waters run deep." Last summer when I was nervous about attending the large White House Tribal Youth Gathering, he emailed useful advice which eased my nerves. Each student deserves a "Mr. Duffany" in their life so seek out respectful mentors who challenge you and show them your gratitude. Anaa' baase." -Birk (The Native Village of Ruby, Koyukon Athabascan, age 16)
1st PlaceFrank Wesaw
I have been dancing in the powwow circle since I was 7 years old as a traditional dancer. When I turned 9 I started dancing smoke dance which is a dance that comes from the Haudenosaunee people. With the help from my mom who is a great beadworker and outfit maker, I learned how to bead and sew my own outfits. The blue outfit that is submitted here, I designed and beaded myself. The black tip eagle feather was given to me by my grandpa Carl. The ribbon shirt was given to me by the family of my Aunt who passed away. I dance Smoke Dance and Teen boys traditional now, and I dance for all of those who can't dance anymore. Powwows are a way of life to my Potowatomi and Odawa family over in Michigan. The feathers that have been given to me have a meaning and I hope that I make them proud when I dance. To my Seneca relations, powwows aren't really representative of our culture, but every time I dance I represent my self, my family, my nations, and my community. Being able to help make my outfits is setting a good example to all of the other kids out there, especially boys.
1st PlaceTopah
"This is my Fashion teacher mrs holland, which is also my homeroom teacher and will be until i graduate High School. She's the teacher that pushes me to do my hardest and makes me retake test when i Don't want to Because she knows im capable of great things, thats why she is my favorite teacher." -Topah (Bishop Paiute, age 15)
2nd PlaceMiranda
Be proud of who you are. Show off your tribe! Show that native pride! Always remember where you came from and who you are and don't let anyone talk you down! YOU ARE A NATIVE AMERICAN! BE PROUD AND STAND TALL LIKE OUR FOREFATHERS DID BEFORE US! CARRY ON THE LEGACY OF HAVING THAT PRECIOUS BLOOD IN YOUR VEINS! -Miranda (Pascua Yaqui)
2nd PlaceHamilton Seymour
This months challenge was to tell you about "my life on the pow wow trail". Everyone has a different trail, path, and calling. The image I'm sending to you is me and my family members smiling on our sacred war canoe. I'm telling you about "my life on the Water." Everyone has a talent. Or a passion/love for something they excel at. For some, it might be dancing, singing, basketball, ball in general, anything really. But what makes War Canoe Racing so special to me, is that it's not only a dying traditional sport, but my ancestors on both sides of my family have done it, and still do it till this day. My grandma (my moms mom) is over 50, and she paddles. Still, that's more than enough motivation for me to keep my culture alive! What also makes war canoe racing so special, is that everyone you paddle with (people who are on your canoe) you get to work together, and you all have the same goal. #1 to have fun #2 be competitive, but another teaching you must always have in mind, is that we paddle for those that can't.
2nd PlaceHaskell Social Work Club
Haskell welcone back pow wow Haskell social work club #2015 Ms Haskell and Mr Haskell Brave support our people
2nd PlaceVictor
I am concerned about water. All of the water we will ever have on earth is in the water cycle. If the water gets polluted then the rain is polluted. Bad water will affect the fish, crabs, and other water animals. Our tribe is a fishing tribe so it is our way of life.
1st PlaceHunter
The environmental issue that is important to me is destruction of habitat for animals. Hunting is important to our culture. My name is Hunter and I am a hunter. I passed my safety course. I will be able to hunt for deer and elk, but they need forests to live in. We need to protect the forests for the animals and so we can continue our culture.
1st PlaceCassie Brown
In this fast paced society that we live in often times we get caught up in things and we forget about how important our youth are to us. Our youth Are the future of our people. So this is just my little Note reminding them that we really do love them and care about what happens to them. It's a note that i wish i would have heard when i was younger. A Note of hope. H-helping O- our P- people E- endure
1st PlaceChanel
"I picked my teacher Mrs. Morris because she has helped me academically and personally. School has been a really big challenge that I've had to face everyday. However, with her help and mentoring I am a much more confident student in school and have almost become a straight A student striving for the next step to college. When I first came to live with my dad I was contemplating dropping out as I struggled just to maintain a 1.0 GPA. Now I am a senior, drug and alcohol free, embracing my culture, being a good role model for my siblings and peers and a good student looking forward to a bright future! Thank you for your time! Qeciyewyew" -Chanel (Nez Perce, age 17)
2nd PlaceJacquelyn Nielson
Powwows are about healing. About coming together and Healing the generations to come. Through fancy I have healed from the pain my ancestors carry. I have healed from the trauma that I have faced in my life to help move the next generations. Powwows are not just a gathering, it is about coming together and raising up and showing that we are still here! We are native and proud!
1st PlaceNixolas
"This is me and mrs.fernadez, the best teacher i have had by far since i started schooling. She is always there for us students and takes care of us, for example she will go out and bring us Tacobell, fruits, and other delicious foods. You can see her sometimes at midnight here at the school grading work, or working hard on extracurricluar activities such as the parade or the club she runs called MESA. Lately, we have been calling her mom or mother, and thats what she is to us since we have dorms here and some studenta dont go home until the weekends. We have been all over the place such at White Sands, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and many more places to come such as and hopefully Washington D.C., all in all she is well deserving of this recognition and i hope she stays strong for future students, this is Mrs.Fernandez " -Nixolas (Navajo, age 17)
1st PlaceChemawa
"Niky is the counselor at Chemawa and we took a selfie with her out on the challenge course." -Chemawa Indian School
1st PlaceCheyene
"This teacher is the best because he tells everyone to suceed and want to get to know you. he loves it when you are trying in class" -Cheyenne (Swinomish, age 14)
3rd PlaceJaycee
"Out here, it's better safe than sorry, because generally speaking, too much of the time sorry means you're either pregnant, caught something, or even dead". My favorite part was the guys just kickin' it having a good time playing ball, but they could still be real with one another and talk about facts that are sometimes hard. These videos are helpful because they talk and act as my friends and I do on the daily.
3rd PlaceRainy
Pow wows have been going on for many years. They have opened up my spirit to see what makes them so special for others to enjoy and have fun. The dance is not original, it's unique to have anyone native to want to dance and follow a drum beat. The drum is the heart beat to every step you take in life. The loud beats are for the hurt, the steady beating is for how your life is still going and your flowing with it.