“These degrading images and outright erasure slowly accumulate in the minds of Native youth to the point of believing we are less than. We question whether our peers really look back at us and see a bila ashdlaa’i—a five fingered human relative. There does not need to be a bully for a student to feel devalued, alone, or oppressed—sometimes the culture of our communities does a good enough job bullying on its own. I share these lessons of K’e, because I believe they are crucial to creating communities of resilience and hope, communities free from bullying in all its varied forms.”
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