Becoming Officer Lowe—Native Hope Fellow Joins the BIA Police Force

It takes a special person to choose a career in law enforcement. As the first responders for protection and justice, the expectation is high for an officer to be fair, discerning, and strong. But what...

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The Trauma of Loss: Singing for Grief in “Watch Over Me”

In today's post, Talon Bazille Ducheneaux/ShootsTheEnemy, founder of Wonahun Was’te’ Records, shares about grief in Native American communities and how one special song came to life in the wake of a p...

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Native Hope Leaders’ Society “Siouxper Elite” Peer to Peer Impact

Native Hope Leaders’ Society member Ramez Merritt wants to create a positive impact on his friends and classmates from his native community. That’s why Ramez volunteers his time to teach youth and fam...

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Coming Together to Build a Field for Native Youth

Early this spring, a group of Native parents in a remote community on the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Reservation began to dream about a baseball field for their community. They knew they needed healthy ac...

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Music Is Medicine: The Journey and Conception of Wonahun Was’te’ Records

Special thanks to Talon Bazille Ducheneaux/ShootsTheEnemy for sharing his story below.   When I began my journey as a “hip hop artist” I honestly didn’t think it would take me anywhere. I was highly i...

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A Place to Grow

“If you build it, they will come.” An old adage, but according to the Crow Creek District [CCD] Representative Carla Pickner, a true one. Last summer, she saw the community come together day after day...

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Summers on the Rez: Community through Baseball

Summertime comes with familiar sights, sounds, and smells. The feeling of the sun baking your skin. The fireworks on the Fourth of July. The thwack of bat on ball when you head to the local baseball g...

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Connection and Empowerment for Native People: The Teachings of the Bow and Arrow

Most Americans think of the bow and arrow as a tool for hunting or sports. But writer and craftsman Joseph Marshall III has always seen the bow and arrow as a source of spiritual guidance. In Lakota c...

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Tiyospaye—Celebrating Native Fathers

A community is only as strong as its mothers and fathers. The heritage of Native Americans is rich in community and family bonds. In the Lakota culture, the word tiyospaye encompasses the conviction t...

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