Author Archives: Tristan Picotte

A Native View on Spirit Animals and Animal Medicine

Spirit Animal, Animal Guide, Spirit Helper. These terms are used among different cultures to describe spirits of benevolent nature, usually helping someone during a hard time. These spirits can bring strength, insight, and even a sense or feeling to someone who needs it.

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Summer Reading List

A good book can be hard to find, even more so one that’s Native-focused. When I was young and would get into trouble, my dad wouldn’t ground me. Instead, he’d often give me a topic to research or a book to read – always on Lakota culture – and have me write a short paper […]

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Purple Heart Appreciation Day: Honoring Our Combat Veterans

Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 19 percent of Native Americans serve in the military — a higher rate than any other minority in America. One veteran an Purple Heart recipient is furthering his contribution to defense of our country, with support of the American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) program.

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National Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Music is integral to Native culture… More programs like Teens for Music and recognitions like National Buy a Musical Instrument Day could benefit indigenous youth and other youth across the country.

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SNAP/EBT or America’s Harvest Box?

In some cases, the Harvest Box program would cut up to half of SNAP/EBT benefits, not only taking away the possibility of more nutritious food choices, but subjecting families to the health impacts that have already been observed from these boxes. SNAP criteria would also change, disqualifying many families and reducing help for others.

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Indigenous Cinema Favorites

Not often feel-good films, indigenous cinema deals with the tougher issues that take place on the reservations, with colonization and assimilation into the modern world, and at the same time tells compelling stories complete with heroes, villains, vigilantes, and bystanders. Make your next movie night one of these Native American tales!

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The Apache Wars

The effects of relocation and colonization of the tribes, as well as the gold rush, the Apache Wars and other conflicts in U.S. history, are still felt today, though tribes are persevering and, like Geronimo, hold their hopes for the future.

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A Native Perspective on New Year’s

New Year’s is a good time for looking back and looking forward. At the end, that’s all anyone tries for: reflection on the last year, and prayer for another good one. What will you do better this year?

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World Diabetes Day & Diabetes in Native Communities

The rate of diabetes in Native Americans is 15 percent, more than for any other race. And why is this?

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The Fall Harvest, and Harvest Moons

For indigenous people who still work the lands to grow the foods that their ancestors once ate, the fall harvest is still important.

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