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Native American Youth Speak Out in the Midst of Crisis

Posted by Native Hope on Sep 21, 2017 6:16:00 AM

There’s a cry for social justice stirring in the hearts of a generation, yet it’s a cry that is only just starting to be heard: the alarming crisis among Native American youth in the United States.

Santana, a social and seemingly happy 12-year-old Lakota Indian who loved to ride horses, decided to end her life right before Christmas 2014. Tragically, she would be among 9 Lakota youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota who would commit suicide within a 4-month span, after deciding there was no hope for living.

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September Spotlight: A Thriving Native Culture

Posted by Native Hope on Sep 18, 2017 6:55:00 AM

A vast majority of Native American youth living on reservations today are overwhelmed with extreme daily challenges. These include high rates of poverty, addiction, abuse, and suicide. Our young people are being faced with seemingly insurmountable issues that make it almost impossible to dream and plan for a brighter future. Simply put, they need hope. They need us coming alongside them, giving them a platform for their voices to be heard. 

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Suicide Is Not the Answer: Finding Hope in the Midst of Struggle

Posted by Delores Santos on Sep 14, 2017 6:48:00 AM

Suicidal thoughts can stem from several sources. Depression is a significant source, but substance abuse, physical abuse, divorce, and high amounts of stress can contribute to thoughts of self harm. When you are in a lot of pain, fixating on suicide can seem like the best solution to all of your problems—but that’s not true. Suicide is not the answer. 

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Suicide Prevention Training

Posted by Native Hope on Sep 11, 2017 6:37:00 AM

At Native Hope we believe that partnerships are key. Collaborating and coming together to empower Native American youth is the way for the culture to thrive. Kansas Middletent, Native Hope Ambassador, recently spoke at the Helpline Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, about his life growing up on the reservation in an effort to help educate on cultural beliefs and Native American challenges. Because the center receives a large amount of calls from the Native American community, they are always striving to better understand their callers who are dealing with a crisis.

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Native Hope Supports World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted by Native Hope on Sep 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in official relations with the World Health Organization has deemed Sunday, September 10, 2017, as World Suicide Prevention Day. Native American suicide rates are nearly double the national average. We invite you to join us as we address this crisis and work to provide hope for Native American youth. 

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Lose the Language, Lose the Culture

Posted by Trisha Burke on Sep 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Imagine losing the ability to question, to state, to joke, to think. Language is the core of expression and offers a unique view of the world. It encompasses a history—the history of a people and their culture.

With only 2,000 fluent speakers, the Lakota language faces extinction.

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Reviving and Preserving Our Culture

Posted by Native Hope on Aug 31, 2017 6:33:00 AM

American Indian musician, Darren Thompson, realizes that his passion for playing the Native American flute might seem simple to some, but for him it is all consuming. Originally from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indian Reservation in Northern Wisconsin, he reveals that, "It wasn't until I discovered the flute that I understood the loss of our people and our history." 

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Our Partnership with Native Hope

Posted by Mike Tyrell on Aug 28, 2017 6:53:00 AM

One of Native Hope's partners explains how early intervention and educational opportunities can give Native Americans the tools to succeed not only in school, but also in life. Our partnership with Native Hope is based upon a common set of beliefs rooted simply in the phrase “We promote hope!” Furthermore, we believe that promoting strong family units; increasing child wellness; and providing quality education, are effective approaches to solving present-day issues.

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It all Starts with Education

Posted by Trisha Burke on Aug 24, 2017 6:53:00 AM

Why focus on education? Because education changes lives. “I hope my kids get out and see that there is more than the reservation,” a young Lakota father says. “There is opportunity out there—more than there is here.”

It is simple. Too many young Native Americans are being left behind. 

Native Hope sees these young people struggling to walk in two worlds: the Native world and the contemporary world. These are two very different places—especially in the world of education. 

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The Nyal Bring's Run: Creating a Legacy

Posted by Trisha Burke on Aug 22, 2017 5:41:44 PM

Ready, set, go. Approximately sixty runners and walkers hit the streets of Chamberlain, SD for the Nyal Brings Three White Horses Memorial 5k run on August 11. The run commemorated the life of Nyal, who would have been proud to see such a large gathering of family and friends sharing in his love of running. Hugs and laughter reigned as the group celebrated the local hero who, for decades, graced the community with his long strides and impeccable form.

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