Trisha Burke

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Water does not reach all Americans with equity

Mní Wičóni translates to “Water is Life.” When called upon to think about something as essential yet basic as water, most don’t give its existence a second thought. Many people associate this life-sus...

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Celebrating Native Women

March is Women’s History Month, so we wanted to highlight inspiring Native American women, both past and present, who have made an impact in the world around them. The historical significance of Nativ...

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Self-Injury Awareness Day: Before the Cut Is Too Deep

It wasn’t until well into my teaching career I began noticing an epidemic. At first, it wasn’t apparent to me. Teenagers love to express themselves with shocking hairstyles, unique makeup, and eccentr...

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Native American land and loss - Part 3

"The Dawes Act affects me every day," explains Peter Lengkeek, Tribal Chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe (Hunkpati Oyate). Peter holds out his hand and continues, "Because of the Dawes Act, I own ...

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December Hope Report

Giving fills the heart with warmth. This holiday season, Native Hope experienced the immense generosity of our supporters and partners. Their joy of giving allowed us to provide toys, food, clothing, ...

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Native American land and loss - Part 2

"A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."   In the first installment of this series, I mention this notion regarding Native American Land and Loss. The age-old phrase still applies as we look at aspe...

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Wounded Knee: Fear is Normally the Root of Tragedy

Fear is normally the root of tragedy. On December 29, 1890, that was the case: The Wounded Knee Massacre. This event was precipitated by the United States government’s fear of an uprising due to the p...

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Native American land and loss

According to Google Maps, the United States of America is 3.797 million square miles (mi²).   New England measures in around 46,000 mi² (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and ...

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Dakota 38+2: Honoring those who lost their lives striving to survive

COVID-19 cannot keep the Dakota people from remembering those hanged on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota, upon President Abraham Lincoln’s order. This execution served as the U.S. government’s...

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