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It is an honor to be part of the Advisory Committee for GROWING NATIVE. As a nurse practitioner who works with people who have diabetes, I appreciate the meaningful opportunity to support efforts of tribes, tribal organizations and tribal people who are reclaiming their health by revitalizing traditional practices. The epidemics of obesity and diabetes have had devastating impacts on all Americans but most especially on Native Americans.

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Myron Longsoldier knows firsthand what it's like to be young, lost, and Native American. By the time he was 9 years old, he had already experienced a bad hangover.
 
"I became involved with drinking from peer pressure, also environment, and problems with low self-esteem," Myron said.
 
Five years later, Myron was a struggling alcoholic. He was sent to penitentiaries for intoxication, disturbing the peace, fighting, auto theft, burglary, minor in possession, and many misdemeanors in about eight different states.
 

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In the early summer of 2013, Kevin Abourezk (Rosebud Sioux) allowed me to record his everyday activities at the newspaper. He led me up to the news area, took his seat, and began working on a story about the tribal council's decision to let their members vote on whether to allow alcohol onto the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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Ah, summertime in Indian Country!  For me it means so much more than those homegrown 4th of July parades, powwows and gatherings. Summer showcases community and Native people’s uncanny ability to make something fun, useful and spiritually nurturing out of even the most limited resources. 

This season also highlights the exuberant heart of Native folks and reminds the world that even though ours is an ancient culture, we are indeed a vibrant part of the contemporary world.

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It was very interesting watching my daughter throughout the pregnancy. Our family has always been very “food conscious”, preferring the organic, maintaining a garden to insure food quality, and resisting the lure of fast foods (maybe I should state “trying to”).

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I was born in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, in April of 1984 along with my twin sister. I didn’t have the best relationship with my dad.

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As in the United States, young native people in Mexico are looking for, finding and reviving their language and health traditions.

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Food is my final addiction frontier. Unlike alcohol, drugs and smoking, however, it is a stubborn presence that will remain a part of life forever.

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As Father’s Day approaches, my heart is overwhelmed with a sense of bitter sweetness. It is at this time that Video Letters will be re-released through Vision Maker Media at the request of my three grown daughters. Our hearts are in mourning at the loss of their father Marvin (featured in Video Letters) as we lost him in the fall of 2012. My daughters miss him intensely.

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