Topic: Challenges

Suicide Is Not the Answer: Finding Hope in the Midst of Struggle

During this pandemic, people across all nations, Native and non-Native, are dealing with escalating rates of suicidal ideation and completion. Suicidal thoughts stem from several sources. Depression i...

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Sex trafficking during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

South Dakota is most recognized for its open ranges, miles of lush farmland, and as the home of 1.2 million acres of the Black Hills National Forest. These same serene rolling hills and towering pines...

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[COVID-19] destroying bonds between tribal communities and families

In a time when we say, “We’re all in this together,” those who are affected by COVID-19 don’t always feel that way. “There is a lot of fear and anxiety because everyone is shut in. Those who have it [...

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Mental Health issues from historical trauma plague Native Americans

People claim to “be there” for the 1 in 5 who suffer from mental health issues. However, for those who suffer, particularly from multiple layers of trauma, they feel alone a majority of their days. Th...

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Native American reservations in South Dakota brace for the coronavirus

COVID-19 is blasting minorities and underserved populations at an alarming rate. One member of the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota remarked that if COVID-19 hits, it will “spread like wi...

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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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Sexual Assault: A Horrifying Reality for Native American Girls

The following post contains mature themes and references. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This post comes a difficult time for all people. Due to COVID-19, many of us are cooped up in our hom...

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Understanding the Realities of Reservation Life

*The name of this individual has been changed to protect identity.  Michael* a transfer student from a neighboring tribal school, made his way to his desk—hoodie masking his drained eyes, body draggin...

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A Victim of Sex Trafficking Speaks

 The following story was shared with Native Hope via email by J. Dakotah, a Native American human-trafficking survivor and advocate. Some of the content of this story is sensitive and may cause distre...

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