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Micro-aggressions - Cowboys and Indians
The era in American history known as the Wild West sometimes conjures up images of fighting between cowboys and Indians. Centuries later the battle still rages, in some areas, but this time on an invisible battlefield.
Micro-assaults – New Responses to Old Attitudes
With the Great Spirit as our Guide we can translate and transmute these acts of fear into truths that can bring healing and closure to an era of hate. The journey from victimhood to victory takes place along the path of courage.
Micro-insults – “Excuse me, are you the maid?”
Subtle insults and stunning nonverbal interactions occur frequently out of deeply rooted ignorance and old habits. However, as Indigenous People certain experiences hold the spiritual power that provides an opportunity for us to step away from victim consciousness and to change our perspective.
Mitakuye Oyasin - All Are Related
As we journey inward towards our hearts, we realize we are not identified by our skin color but by our sacred spirit. We begin to view ourselves, others, and all of nature as sacred. When we know we are connected to others there is no “Us” versus “Them” mentality.
For many, marriage is the key to happiness, long life, and health. In traditional times of the past, many Native American tribes practiced a way of family life that was meant to preserve this sacred institution.
Native American Ten Commandments
Did you know that in any Native American language there was no word for religion? The ancient wisdom of these ten sacred truths were given as gifts from the Great Spirit and passed down through the generations. For Native Americans these principles were a way of life, not a religion.
Native Teen Suicide and Online Social Networks
What is it that makes our precious Native young people believe there is no possibility of help? Whatever it is, our young ones are the most vulnerable to its curse as they have the highest suicide rates. Two points surface regarding suicide among our youth and the influence of social networks.
Nonprofit Organizations on Indian Reservations
Nonprofit organizations make communities stronger by bringing people together for a common goal. They can empower communities and make healing and transformation possible.
Power Place - La Push, WA USA
Certain locations allow us to connect with these magnificent forces and become strengthened by the hand of our Creator. Sacred places and landmarks were chosen for vision quests, prayers, or rituals. One such power place is along the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean in Washington State.
PTSD and Native Communities
As a race, the Native population in North America has experienced an unusual amount of trauma. The results have been very clear emotional, physical, and behavioral responses to this trauma. From a spiritual perspective, PTSD can be viewed as negative energy trapped in the body.
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