Trisha Burke

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"It doesn't have to be a life sentence..." Part 2

“Something good must come out of this. All it takes is one more time, one more try, one more prayer,” offered Gifford Standing, recovering meth addict.

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Recovering addicts, "It doesn't have to be a life sentence..."

“The effect it [drug court] had on me was it opened my eyes to reality, because it [meth] wasn't only hurting me—it was hurting my family,” shares Jason Goodface, recovering meth addict and Lower Brul...

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The tatanka provided “life” for the Lakóta and other Native American tribes.

Tatanka is Lakóta for “big beast” or buffalo. It roamed the plains of North America in prolific herds. In fact, 150 years ago, 30-60 million buffalo roamed the plains of North America. 

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Water does not reach all Americans with equity

Native American households are 19 times more likely to lack complete plumbing than white households. Finding Common Ground When I taught literature, creating understanding for time and place was essen...

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InvenTeam grant positively impacts Lower Brule community.

Tribal School Wins MIT Grant  Lower Brule High School, Lower Brule, SD, received a $10,000 InvenTeam grant from Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]—not only are they the first South Dakota rec...

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

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

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Living to Tell: A Sex Trafficking Victim's Account

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. While this article was originally written and published in 2016, its contents are still very relevant. In fact, according to Business Insider, "Since 2007...

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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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Annual Ride Honors the Dakota 38 and Brings Healing from Trauma

As I write this, it is 7 degrees and windy outside. I am thinking about the relatives of the Hunkpati Oyate (Crow Creek Indian Reservation)—those who endured the bitter cold winds of Mankato, Minnesot...

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