"Modern stereotypes of indigenous identity do not define us as indigenous peoples, but oppress us from reaching our full potential as leaders in our communities."
— Steven Brown, Indigenous youth define their place in the world (via gnawtheirtongues)
(Source: idlenomore, via aphroditelaughs)
If I am stripped of my people’s tongue
If I am lost as to what my people’s first religion & way of life was/is
If I am ignorant of our customs, stories, and traditions
If I am bare of all culture that was suppose to be mine
What remains then and what do I have left to pass on?
"We’re not Native to America, we were here before ‘America’."
— Leonard Prescott, Former Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community (via nativnuance)