December Spotlight: Embracing Cultural Identity

Dec 12, 2018 | Native Hope

As you may know, Native Hope has been tackling some extremely urgent issues plaguing Native American youth living on reservations today. The truth can be unsettling, but it needs to be told. Most importantly, real people desperately need help.  

Amidst the dire statistics and afflictions, however, there is an awakening stirring in the hearts of a generation. Native American youth are rising up and reclaiming their identity, their culture, their pride, and their dignity. Native youth are breaking out of the mold and pressure to “fit in” and are pursuing their cultural identity that has been suppressed for far too long.


Encompassing education along with their pride of culture has been an undeniable tool for creating a path filled with possibility and life. Young Native Americans are taking a stand and inviting others to partner with them and join their movement of hope...embracing the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota way of life. Cultural Identity is intricately woven into the fabric of life for Native Americans. 


Native youth are striving to find a balance between immersing themselves in the heritage of their culture and staying true to their tribal identity, while also walking out their role in modern day American “culture.” Although combining the two can be a challenge, they are determined to see a blending of the two worlds that reflects the beauty of their cultural inheritance with their purpose and mission for the future.

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