Trisha Burke

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Fellowship: A Valued Connection

The Lakota word “OKOLAKICIYE” [oh – koh – lah – kee – chee – yea] translates to “Fellowship”—something Native Americans hold dear. They built their communities on the idea of “mutual support” and frie...

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A Spark—Alexus Little

“I’m doing something. You can do something. Be a light for everyone else around you,” encourages Alexus Little, a member of the Cherokee nation who lives on the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe reservation in ...

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Keeping Culture Alive

Culture equals identity. When a culture disappears, so does a people.  Many of us fail to realize what that would mean for us, for our families. Think of the family recipes, the customary songs and da...

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The Lakota Magician

Reuben Fast Horse, the Lakota magician, understands the world of creating illusions. He believes that magic holds the key to altering perceptions, and he serves as an amazing teacher. Through a combin...

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Living and Loving Like a Lakota

“I am gonna do this...I’m gonna fix this...I am gonna do something. It’s gonna be huge, and you guys are going to fight me on this...but I am crazy about you [Lakotas]. I can’t stop,” declares Jacob H...

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When Words Won't Come

“When I was younger, I believed the world was against me; it never offered me anything meaningful—it often showed me cruelty, which gave me a negative outlook,” shares Dennis Metcalf, artist from the ...

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Alone, Dennis sits in his backyard where the uncut grass taps his jeans. The sun shines on his black, rough hair. “Bang!” A gunshot rings out from down the street and “Bang!”—another. Dennis sits unda...

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Creating an Impact in the Future of Native American Youth

One thing is for sure, Stephan Cheney, Lakota and member of the Kul Wicása Oyáte in South Dakota, shares his zest for life with just about everyone he meets. Currently, Stephan is living and working i...

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Lose the Language, Lose the Culture

Imagine losing the ability to question, to state, to joke, to think. Language is the core of expression and offers a unique view of the world. It encompasses a history—the history of a people and thei...

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