If you are in crisis call the Native Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-877-209-1266.
If you are in crisis now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Native Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-877-209-1266.
You Are Not Alone ! :: Videos & Community Links
"In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. "When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator... As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day."
Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. "We can't blame the wasichus anymore. We're doing it to ourselves. We're selling drugs. We're killing our own people. That's what this ride is about, is healing." This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away."
Reuben is a 12-year-old rapper Santee Dakota and Red Lake Ojibwe
Michael Bucher, Susan Deer Cloud, and Black Bear, YANAN Board members, had the honor of doing readings and performance at a forum presented by North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis, MN. While there, we met Reuben Stately and his mother, Ramona Kitto Stately.
Reuben is a 12-year-old rapper—Santee Dakota and Red Lake Ojibwe, from Shakopee, MN. Reuben gifted us with performing two of his raps. One rap gives voice to his resistance to being bullied, letting others to know they are not alone, and saying, "just brush it off"! Reuben's other rap, "Being Indian", tells about his pride in who he is.
The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center has recorded a special It Gets Better video aimed at LGBTQ Native American Youth to communicate to them that there is life after bullying and that they are valuable beyond measure.
“This is for all the LGBTQ Native youth throughout the country. From the villages in Alaska, to the Islands in Hawaii, to every corner of Indian Reservations across America… It Gets Better…we are living proof!! If you or someone you know is feeling alone… call the Trevor Project… they can help! 1-866-4U-TREVOR.”
In this emotional video, "Let Me Show You," North Bear Fragua talks about the process of evolving from his younger days in a world of drugs, alcohol and lack of motivation into a man with love, compassion, responsibility and dependability.
North Bear's story was created at the Digital Storytelling workshop, sponsored by Eve's Fund for Native American Health Initiatives in March 2010 in Red Mesa AZ.
"Indian Man by Black Bear. Read by NHCC student Sonny Vizenor"
NHCC student Sonny Vizenor read the poem "Indian Man" by Black Bear at North Hennepin Community College's 2011 American Indian American Indian Feast & Cultural Program on April 29th, 2011.
Sonny Vizenor is from White Earth, MN. He is a full-time student at North Hennepin Community College and is studying in the Criminal Justice Program. He hopes to go back to White Earth some day and help advise, educate, and better the lives of the younger Native American generations.
Elder's Wisdom :: FOR THE YOUTH! You may think we are talking about the adults, however, remember that YOU too will BECOME THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS, aunties and uncles. We ALL have to care about our relatives and community. We ALL have to be responsible.
In every human heart there is a deep spiritual hunger for an abiding belief in some future existence. Such a faith stabilizes character, and many of our young people have no such anchor for their souls.