From my first experience in watching this video - I cried from having to see the sad truth within native communities. Our youth are falling under the influence of drugs, alcohol and gang violence due to the disconnection to our creator.
As a young mother and still having that connection of taking part in traditional practices of my people, being able to sing family songs and understand where I come from. I have a fire raging in my heart to empower our people in taking back what belongs to us - our identity, our rights and our culture. Through this video, I not alone seen the sad truth within our home communities, but I seen the empowerment of preserving the gifts creator gave us - primarily our language and traditional practices.
As an undergraduate student at Washington State University and having to experience of being a minority of the student population - I am pursuing a career in revitalizing language and culture. Through this life-commitment, I believe many natives like myself can change the structure and mindset of our people. Having to lose our connection to the creator, we will become lost people with even higher alcohol, drug, domestic, sexual abuse and suicide rates..
Take a stand in being proud of your heritage! Love yourself and love your peoples ways of living. Getting to know where you come from is just the foot through the door - us natives are a part of a much larger world… specifically walking in two worlds.