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Beyond the Hashtag: #MMIW

Years ago our land and parts of our culture were stolen due to colonization - but that’s not where it stopped. Our sisters were (and continue to be) stolen as well. Over the past year or so, there seems to have been a large increase in awareness for Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) -… Continue reading Beyond the Hashtag: #MMIW

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Social Movement, Social Impact, and the Erasure of Black Women

On January 10, 2019 we had the pleasure to attend the Martin Luther King Lecture commemorative address hosted by Elon University. The keynote speaker was Professor Anita Hill. The topic of her talk was "From Social Movement to Social Impact". Of course, a program of this magnitude draws out a variety of people from White… Continue reading Social Movement, Social Impact, and the Erasure of Black Women

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Dear Pocahotties, STOP!

Imagine having to remind people every October that your culture is not a costume and that your traditions are sacred and not to be taken lightly. Sadly, this is the reality for myself and many other minority populations.  Many people think it’s harmless to dress up as another person’s culture but fail to realize the… Continue reading Dear Pocahotties, STOP!

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Educating Future Native Leaders

This year the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization (NCNAYO) celebrated their 39th annual conference.  This conference is held every year on a different college campus within North Carolina for Native high school students from across the state.  About 10 years ago I had the privilege to attend NCNAYO for the first time and last… Continue reading Educating Future Native Leaders