Topic: Culture and Identity

Native Hope Leaders’ Society “Siouxper Elite” Peer to Peer Impact

Native Hope Leaders’ Society member Ramez Merritt wants to create a positive impact on his friends and classmates from his native community. That’s why Ramez volunteers his time to teach youth and fam...

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Music Is Medicine: The Journey and Conception of Wonahun Was’te’ Records

Special thanks to Talon Bazille Ducheneaux/ShootsTheEnemy for sharing his story below.   When I began my journey as a “hip hop artist” I honestly didn’t think it would take me anywhere. I was highly i...

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Summers on the Rez: Community through Baseball

Summertime comes with familiar sights, sounds, and smells. The feeling of the sun baking your skin. The fireworks on the Fourth of July. The thwack of bat on ball when you head to the local baseball g...

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The Feather: A Symbol of High Honor in Native American Culture

In Native American culture it is believed that all things possess an inherent virtue, power, and wisdom. The feather, for example, is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection between th...

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Purity in Pine Ridge: The Native American Bow and Arrow

Google “Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.” The search results may reveal the following words: broken, failing, suicide, forgotten, and third-world.   However, Native Hope knows that Pine Ridge is so much...

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Continuing the Indigenous Oral Tradition: Introducing the Native Hope Podcast!

One of the greatest challenges facing Native Americans today is the lack of positive, authentic representation in mainstream media, culture, and consciousness. For many non-Native people, Native Ameri...

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The Untold Story: Living the Dakota 38 Memorial

The following post was written by Native Hope team member, Alexis Estes, after her experience running in the Dakota 38 Memorial in December 2018. This post is the first of a series of stories that are...

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A Trip to the UN: Healing Art Practices and the Transformation of Story

It's not every day that you get to share your story with one of the world's most powerful organizations and add your voice to the global conversation. On March 12th, 2019, Alexis Estes Woksape Ole Win...

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What the Lakota Nation Invitational Means for Native American Youth

The year is 1973. On Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, members of the American Indian Movement are engaged in an extended protest and stand-off with m...

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