The Whisper

As I read the article in the Tribal College Journal entitled “Ignorance, is it Bliss?” by Mary Annette Pember, I was horrified to feel the “sting” of an experience that I once had—an experience that wasn’t so long ago. That sting was a whisper, unbeknown to me, that followed me throughout my adult life. But because the writer in the…

Love For An Alcoholic

Alcoholism plays a factor in a lot of relationships, including mine. Getting advice from friends, family, and doctors is somewhat comforting, but even with all of this advice, I feel like a caterpillar caught in a spider’s web, stuck and scared with little hope of escape. My relationship with this man feels as though I am with four different people:…

Never Give Up

It was Sept. 26, 2010. The day was growing old, and I had nothing else to do but sit in my room and think. For the three hours that I sat there, I couldn’t help but think: “Maybe I should just end it now, while they’re gone. If I just leave this place I call home, I won’t ever have to feel this…

The Fight

I believe the Creator has a destiny for us all. Sometimes the paths we travel may be rough. But to keep walking down our God-written path we can fight against obstacles that get in the way. The day that I realized what destiny really meant to me was the day I fought to keep my life. It was summer vacation on…

Pollen Road of Life

The pounding and anguish made the screen blurry and increasingly distorted. As I rubbed my eyes, I became annoyed and so I rubbed aggressively in frustration, because I could hear my grandmother’s voice as she told me before getting on the bus, “Shiyázhí (my child), soak in as much as you can today, because when I had the chance to…

A Crystal Clear Dream

I noticed how the white powder stuck to the walls of the little plastic baggie. How could this inanimate object rule anybody’s life? On February 5, 2005, in Dunmore, Montana, I woke up with one thing on my mind, Crystal Meth. She was the love of my life. I was 24 years old and divorced with three kids. There was…

Motherless Intuition

Life never seems to turn out the way you want it to. Sometimes we are put in the position of making life changing decisions. Luck has nothing to do with life. You make mistakes, and you learn from them. Don’t pay attention to the bad things people say to you or behind your back. Love yourself, and enjoy every moment…

Old Soul

Have you ever been told that it’s for certain that you are going to die? Of course, we all know death is looming in the distance for everyone; it’s a part of life. It was a rather unusual calm day on the waters of the Puget Sound, as a family sat in a cramped room full of doctors and nurses….

What Goes Around Comes Around

I decided to put on my best powwow outfit and hide on top of a small tree-covered hill that routed the road. I could see the dust fly up from behind a vehicle coming this way. I transformed myself into “warrior mode” and painted my face with mulberries. I crept along the bank, alert and at one with the environment….

Iron Horse

I began the journey down the steep elevation, hearing the rumble of the exhaust bouncing off the hills surrounding the valley. The sharp drop in altitude cooled the hot and humid wind as it blew on my face. I couldn’t help but notice the drastic change from rolling farm fields to the lush green forest of the beautiful Whitewater Valley….