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In South Dakota, October 15, kicks off South Dakota’s annual pheasant season opener, offering access to nearly 4.5 million acres of public land. It is the largest hunting attraction in the state; it’s...

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Topic: Culture

The Feather: A symbol of high honor

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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April 1, 2020

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The Trauma of Loss: Singing for Grief in “Watch Over Me”

In today's post, Talon Bazille Ducheneaux/ShootsTheEnemy, founder of Wonahun Was’te’ Records, shares about grief in Native American communities and how one special song came to life in the wake of a p...

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September 6, 2019

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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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July 30, 2019

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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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June 7, 2019

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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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April 2, 2019

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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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February 15, 2019

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Creating Space to Tell Stories: The Lakota Dream Museum

“I knew growing up that at some point I was supposed to be the things I learned in the stories: compassionate, honorable, and brave, and so forth. I knew this because the storytellers lived the lesson...

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June 21, 2018

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Keeping Culture Alive

Culture equals identity. When a culture disappears, so does its 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 ...

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November 30, 2017

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Native America: The Untold Story, Part 1

America’s untold story of the Native American culture is vast. It begins long before Columbus discovered a “new land.” In fact, it is believed that some 10-15 million, some believe up to 60 million, N...

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November 16, 2017

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