Native Youth Survival Guide

1) I will try to show it to the native youth in my tribe, and tell them about this program!

2) I participate in a lot of community activities, so I will have a lot of opportunities to share my experience and other students that attended the 2015 Pipeline Program!

I’m Sad it’s over, but I’m excited for next year.

COMMON APP MAN.

1) It’s a website, to find information about colleges. Most colleges allow you to apply through the Common Application.

2) Make an account and fill out personal information.

3) It’s important to research colleges so you can get an idea of what colleges offer.

4) It’s important because you have to give them an idea of who you are and why its important to you for you to attend that college.

5) Explain why you should be accepted and not another student. Tell them who you are. Make sure its only about you and not about someone else.

6) Keep it Interesting, tell them some stories about YOU. Make sure that you give a little humor.

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Remembering that you wouldn’t be here without your ancestors and asking yourself if they would be proud of you defiantly makes a big difference. I have to say that is something i always ask myself to get me through what i want to accomplish. Another aspect is Ceremonies, to help me stay connected with my traditions. It makes me feel happy and that I am one with my spirit. Learning beautiful songs in all sorts of languages makes me feel so great. You always want to share them and sing them, that they play over and over in my head.

While your thinking about the creator and praying for your people. You realize that a lot of us are lost, and straying away from the path that was made for us. So it makes you want to get a good education for your people. So you can actually make a bigger impact in your community.

Getting the knowledge you need to understand politics, so you can defend your people. Its also good to start now, learning ways that you can make a difference. Volunteering for things that are for a good cause. Try to become close to people in your community so they know they can trust you in the future.

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Visiting Wishtoyo Village

This was such a great experience for me. Even though the visit there got cut short, meeting those few Chumash people was a true honor. Sharing their songs and teachings with us and helping us make crafts, Im so truly thankful.

1) I made both the crafts. I made a abalone shell necklace, I carved the abalone into the shape of a turtle with the help of Mati. I also wrapped the Dog bane after I peeled the bark, making the necklace. It took me about 3 hours to make but it was worth every minute. It’s so perfect, I just love turtles so much and I’m defiantly going to cherish my necklace forever. The Clapper Stick was so fun to make, its hard to explain but my favorite part was using a magnifying glass to burn designs into it. I love it!

2) The sacred fire, representing mothers. That was my favorite one, Im feeling a little homesick for my mom right now. So learning about the teachings of the fire defiantly made me miss her 100x more! Im am so thankful for the Pitzer Pipeline Program, its not just helping me prepare for college. Its helping me Appreciate my family much more.

3) I got to share a Peyote song with Kaydee’s father, Dave, and he told me so many things about his culture compared to some of the Sioux Culture. I was so grateful, I love Kaydee (our Western U teacher). Im glad i became close with her)image1

JULY 20, 2015 MAN.

1) MANY OF THE STORIES YOUNG NATIVE PEOPLE HAVE TO TELL ARE SAD AND HEARTBREAKING, SO IF THEY KEEP THAT IN THEY’LL BE ANGRY AND JUST NOT THEMSELVES.

LETTING GO IS THE BEST WAY TO HEAL.

2) A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT NATIVE AMERICANS ARE JUST DRUNKS, AND IF YOU LOOK AT NATIVE AMERICANS AROUND THE UNITED STATES. ALOT OF THEM ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND OVERCOMING THAT STEREOTYPE.

3) “WE SHALL REMAIN” WAS A VIDEO ME IN MY SISTER HELPED WITH. WE SANG THE CHORUS, BUT ITS A VERY INSPIRATIONAL AND IT SEND A HUGE MESSAGE ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS OVERCOMING THE PAIN OF THEIR ANCESTORS.

Native Cooking/ and it’s Alyssa’s Birthday!!!! :)

1) The spiritual painting. Was my favorite, we all contributed in painting on the group rock and I thought it turned out beautiful!

2) I crushed the acorns up into powder for Kim’s community elders! So I wasn’t just helping Kim but I was helping his people 🙂

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALYSSA! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND IM SO GLAD I GOT TO SPEND THIS DAY WITH YOU! 😀

Away from home

1) I miss my Family, my dogs, my bed, the weather, the lakes, basketball training, the green, surrounded by trees, the ocean in the washington area, my home, and my people.

2) Knowing that i have a summer job and i’m missing it right now.. LOL

3) I get to learn about other Native peoples culture, and I get to meet new Native American youth.

4) The “hike” was amazing. Learning about the wild life and the plant life was very nice. I felt more spiritual when we danced. Everyone stood up and let go of the past, and it just made me feel connected with everyone.

The Native Museum.

1) I tried to enjoy it all, but the past was coming back in my head. A strong and spiritual man once wore that Headdress, it shouldn’t be there. It was taken, just like most of Native Culture. Im not throwing any shots, but those memories are there. They aren’t gonna leave my mind ever, Im hopeful and prepared in my mind that someday all the pain and sorrow will slowly leave my people and that every “Artifact” will be returned. Letting go of those lost souls, those Native Ancestors that are looking down upon all of us young Native People and giving us the strength to push through the struggles and fight to find our full culture again.

2) I actually want to attend Haskell Indian Nations University, I know they have programs and majors that include American Indian studies. That’s how I am going to include that part of me! Im gonna follow a path that I know has always been for me.

3) This day has been fascinating, exciting, and a huge learning experience. Realizing that the past really did demolish most of are culture. It hit me like a truck, even when I knew the stories. I still felt that pain in my heart, but over all i’m glad they are protected even if they aren’t meant to be there.

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College.

1) Some resources I know about that will help me go to college, are scholarships, Carry the Kettle First Nations with help me (my mothers tribe), etc.

2) People helping me in my community are my parents, relatives, close family friends, and my school Ferndale High.

3) I am really paying attention to my education, I try to be involved in activities in school, I try to be as confident as possible and meet new people, I have a summer job, and I applied and was accepted into the Pipeline Program.

4) When friends or family ask me for advice, I will say something like “follow your dreams” or “you deserve anything you want” and I will be 100% encouraging and supportive!