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Pain, Courage, and Resilience

By Rachel Peterman

Courage isn’t about being impervious to pain. It’s about acknowledging its presence, understanding its message, and having the resilience to keep moving forward despite the discomfort.


They Wore Moccasins

By Markus Altaha

Put your Crocs in four-wheel drive, lace up your sneakers, pull up your boots, and “rock your mocs” every chance you get. We have stereotypes to break and haters to prove wrong.


My Mother

By Madison Weingust

The life force that gave me mine is the lighting of a fierce storm, the gentle breeze of a nice day, the oranges and pinks of a sunset, all in one and everything ever becoming.


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By Tashina Emery

“I might turn into that pregnant summer stereotype “crabby, huge, and miserable” and don’t dare question me in this heat: “How are you pregnant during summer?” I’d punch someone today…”

“I used to look them up in the obituaries to see if I could find them there. That’s not closure. I mean, hell, you kneel over someone, feel their final warmth through your gloves, stare at their eyes…”

First Man

By Anthony Ryan Edaakie

“Up to this point, I didn’t think I liked him. I’ve never really had any sort of healthy male relationships, so obviously once I got one, I was determined to keep it forever…”


Little Light of Mine

By Tashina Emery

“Maybe the first prayers were just stories, talking out loud, speaking internally with closed eyes, or to our cousins around a fire. We had to share. Our voices were power…”

A Fistfight in Hell

By Markus Altaha

“I will stop at nothing to be in the company of my demons. The rez dogs are still barking. The cars keep flowing. The coffee is still terrible and I am cold…”

Listening for Her Loom

By Alyssa Nakai

“It seemed the longer I sat in her room and looked at her deconstructed loom leaned against her empty bed, the more my vision blurred with an unbearable longing for her…”


gar fish dance

By Ibe Liebenberg

“we dizzy on flesh all summer. dance at it. spin around…”

Dear BlueBird Flour

By Kyle White

“Roll out and flatten it quite well! And throw it to the frying death. Self-maintaining Manifest Destiny. Lip-smacking Indian delight. Suffocate us with your trauma. Give us our daily simple carbs…”

Be the Muse for Once

By Pte San Win Little Whiteman

“Have you ever noticed the way your fingers fidget between lined journal paper, and do you know about the glow you radiate, before you perform a piece?”

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Raise awareness of the ongoing Missing and Murdered Indigneous Women and Peoples. Download, print, and post TCJ Student's high-resolution posters.


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