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Embracing Native Culture: A Journey of Graduation, Pride, and Blankets

Embracing Native Culture: A Journey of Graduation, Pride, and Blankets Graduating from college is a milestone worth celebrating, but for many Indigenous students, it's more than just receiving a diploma; it's a culmination of resilience, identity, and cultural pride. As an Anishinaabeg, we understand the significance of honoring our history, especially in moments of achievement. We know how hard your Native students work, the barriers they jump over, and the sweetness of their victories. Education has always been central to Indigenous communities, as young people have always learned from elders and family members.  Excelling and knowledge carrying has always been central to our way of life. The boarding school era severed and created multiple generations of trauma around missing links to culture, family,...

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I said what I meant and meant what I said, when the New York Times calls, I am 100 percent dead. But really though.  As the flag saga comes to a feverish climax, the NYT wanted to know my thoughts about the final flag. If I'm honest, I am glad it's over.  But my agenda from the start was BECAUSE these images are powerful I wanted to be involved in transforming the visual narrative of our state.   As a Native person, my thoughts on these images are controversial on a layer of the existing controversy. The flag story was one of the most talked about in 2023 according to MPR.  Being wrapped up in it was the wildest ride...

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"Let's be real for a moment.  When the New York Times called I about fell off my chair."  "As a rez girl who started her business at her kitchen table, I continue to be amazed and grateful for the opportunities to talk about how powerful imagery is.  We claim space with flags and changing this flag is a profound moment in our history."  "The bottom line for me is that we change this. No matter which flag is chosen, this has been a great opportunity for our state to look itself n the mirror and have some real conversations about who we are and who we want to be" reflects Howes about this experience. In case you cannot access the New...

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