The Rise of Persistence

By Amanda Crosby

In the earliest of times when the lands stayed shaded in the black of night, there lived a rare species of bird with feathers the color of the brightest fires. This was a bird with many wonderous qualities, some of …

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Does It Hurt?

By Brandon Scott Bombardier

When I was a kid, I thought that losing your toes was a natural part of aging, like losing baby teeth. Every summer I stayed with my Grandmother Mary in Oklahoma, I would see her missing toes, healed, smooth, and …

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The Drum

By Kamella Bird-Romero

Tambeh-sedo craves to be heard. Drums live off the tediously ground prayers that are cornmeal. They should soak in fresh air and sunlight daily, given the chance to absorb the happenings of the world. That is how they feed their …

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Between the Canyon Walls

By Danelle Jishie

Home could be found effortlessly as if my mother pointed a beacon towards the sky to guide us. our summer escapes came in the form of canyon exploration and creek swimming. Possible dangers came from the occasional stranger, a snake …

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Pandemic Moon

By Kamella Bird-Romero

I had a baby during a worldwide pandemic. My son’s cultural exposure evaporates with every passing month of life. Ceremonies Tewa babies undergo have been halted, like pausing a moon mid-phase. My son shines like a crescent in the sky, …

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Often, I will look at a pen and wonder what is its personality. Every pen has a unique feel, an aura, and personality. When ink meets paper there is a specific interaction depending on what type of pen is in …

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By Kamella Bird-Romero

femininity cinching the hips woven wide wrapping our waists round and round thick-weave wool red, green and black, braided Grandma said if you can breathe, it’s not tight enough for want of child birthing curves to flare and baby feeding …

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Tie a piece of yarn around the top to hold together such sacred trinity. fingers lovingly embrace each strand, weave them meticulously together, dark and light shades of green shimmering in the sunlight surrender softly to the next which is …

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Poetry (poem)

By Ronnie Largo

no matter how fast you go… poetry becomes the long desolate highway that has no end in sight no matter how comfy you are… poetry becomes the uncomfortable feeling in your chair no matter how long you snooze… poetry becomes …

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Grandma Lamb by Megan Yazzie of Dine' CollegeNot Suitable for Drinking by Ericka Francisco of Dine' CollegeAtoo' by Haiden Gould of the Institute of American Indian ArtsRed Lake Walleye by Lena Aguilar Vazquez of Red Lake Nation CollegeBest Friends Forever by Nancy Grant of Ilisagvik CollegePeaceful Sun by Willow Towslee of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community CollegeApache Trauma by Steven Pahe Jr. of San Carlos Apache CollegeDesert Moc by Ericka Francisco of Dine' CollegeIndigenous Starry Night by Dolores Lafferty of Oglala Lakota CollegeAbandoned Home by Ericka Francisco of Dine' CollegeSunrise Kisses After a Long Winter of Darkness by Nancy Grant of Ilisagvik CollegeAZ Edits by Shelby Revoy of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe CollegeLove Is the Gift 2 by Shelby Revoy of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe CollegeTundra Hunting Trail by Nancy Grant of Ilisagvik CollegeLove Is the Gift by Shelby Revoy of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe CollegeNo More Stolen Sisters by Tyler Thompson of Tohono O'odham Community CollegeBridges by Lawrence Village Center III of Sitting Bull CollegeColorado Sunflower by Lena Aguilar Vazquez of Red Lake Nation CollegeFuture by McRay Sampson of Dine' CollegeMissy Water by Shelby Revoy of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College