In the past few days, spending time at the Santa Cruz Island was an amazing experience. I got to learn in an educational and spiritual way which truly touched me deeply. An effort must be made to identify ourselves, and the effort in all of us was expressed. Expressed to inspire one another.

To travel to the Santa Cruz Island, we took a fiery. During the ride, we ran into a substantial amount of dolphins. There were baby dolphins which was great to witness. It was satisfying to see dolphins endeavor in there natural habitat. The water near the islands, are much more pure than near the mainland. It just proves to show if we take care of our environment other species can strive.

On the first day of arrival, we hiked our way up to the research center which was beautiful. It was about a 2 hour hike, but during that hike I learned about some of the native plants of the Island. We discussed about the silver lotus plant. I found out that the silver lotus plant only grows on the Santa Cruz Island and is listed as one of the endangered species. All the native plants of the island are, for the most part endangered. Water is scarce on the island and what really got to me was the fact that the eucalyptus tress suck up about five hundred gallons of water a day. That’s is just outrageous; that water can be used for something more useful such as spreading more water to the endemic native plants so that more and more can grow.

The second day rolled on by and everyone was having a blast. The food was great, there were activities to do at the research center such as playing a game of billiards, tossing the frisbee, bumping the volleyball, and even exploring the terrain. Not only did we par take in those activities but we received the privilege to go kayaking and snorkeling! Snorkeling was an adrenaline. I was with my friends and we were following this bat ray; then another one popped up. So we were following them and all of a sudden it led us to the big old sting ray! I was happily terrified, screaming with enjoyment and fear. During the kayaking trip, I was awaken to many beautiful sea urchins. Before the trip we learned all about them. Discussing how they eat, what they eat, and there structures.

The last day sadly arrived at the island. Everyone was enjoying the experience. We got to open up to each other. We started to pack and load our items on the dock. After that we got to go snorkel and kayak again! I chose to snorkel because, like I said before, the adrenaline was so enjoyable. This time I went out further and saw triple the amount of rays then the previous day. Finally, the boat arrived and we left the island :(. We were then greeted by another pod of dolphins to lead us back to the mainland. We returned to Wishtoyo and I was very happy to see all the elders.

The trip to the Santa Cruz island was my first time and was a memory that will last a lifetime…

My Depiction

The question we need to ask ourselves is “Are we all related?”. You know, you hear all these different concepts for all these different people. Many people are brought up differently, so the lens they chose to look into is the one they continuously side by. These lens I speak of, is made up of many, many different themes. A spiritual lens, a political, a cultural, any type of lens which has people perceiving the world in their own or communities ways. Everyone is like this, including myself. 

My depiction of this question we ask, is simply no. Family is such a powerful word and is being used in such a false and degrading manner. In my case, family, means trust. I can not just say we are all related. There are people in the world who are trying to bring you down, making you feel like complete… I pick my family; family can include blood related family and family friends. These are people I trust. People who strengthen me every single day. People who want me to thrive and be successful. This is what family is. 

The New World

The world around us is evolving in many different ways. Through technology, culture, education, and anything that has changed in the in the smallest ways, effects the world to what it has become even when you don’t notice – it occurs. We as a core of Native American students, are trying to take the next step, and further our educational path. 

Today we visited the Gross Anatomy Lab at Western University. You know, this was truly a “make or break”, point for any new comers into lab finding out whether they want to pursue in medicine or not. My view of the second year for me was very interesting. I feel that I have matured a lot more from last year and I really got to learn and understand how everything works inside our bodies. In conclusion, I owe a big thanks for these donors, who decided to donate and allow to be researched on, so that others can benefit off there gift to us. The gift of education. Knowledge is power nowadays, and I really now see how much all the people of this program care about us as Natives to strive in this world.  Peace and Blessings -Addison

Point the finger at your self

Today marks the second day of the Native Pipeline program at Pitzer College. The day was a very packed and busy one.  Our first class was Aztec Math. This coarse in particular was very interesting to me because of how the natives used this method way back in the day. It’s astonishing to see how  smart our people are but sad at the same time because of the loss of tradition fading away. One of the perks of this program is that we are being taught to remember all the traditions and ways of our people. Doing activities like drum making and learning traditional dances really connect all of us back to our roots as…Native Americans. The worst thing that can happen is the corruption of a community, and as we learn to pass along and share our knowledge the better.

During our trip today at Western University, we learned the different out looks on life. As David Zachary stated about how life is depicted of different lenses – and which ever one we choose to look through we must be knowledgable about it. When we discussed the use of animal testing at Western University today, I understood many of us were upset about that fact and thinking to our selfies “Oh that’s so sad how they’re using innocent animals for testing to cure diseases and such.” The fact of it is, that we as humans created all these problems and diseases. It is horrible and wrong of us to do such a thing, but we can’t all be so naive. Doctors are there to try and help us survive, live and carry on with our lives. I can tell you from what I heard today , that the Medical Doctors  have no intent of hurting these animals but the truth is that we, as human beings, are to blame. We are the ones who pollute the earth, do stupid things , and bring all these bacterial disease and terrible outputs into our earth. We put our selves in this situation where doctors have to test on innocent animals to help cure us, the people. I hope if you read this you understand we are to blame, but it is never to late to change our nasty ways. -Thank you



Hello everyone my name is Addison, I am from Los Angeles. I’m part of the “Kickapoo” tribe in Oklahoma. I am 14 years old and going into my sophomore year of high school. I love sports and meeting new people. I play basketball and soccer. I just wanted to express the fact that I am looking forward to meeting all of you and hope everyone has a good time! Thank You