“I Am” by Shiona Benally

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“I Am” by Shiona Benally

Shiona Benally, Guest Journalist

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I Am 

 

I am a indigenous Native American 

I am from two nations; Navajo nation and America

I identify myself as a Dine Woman 

I am from Southern Utah within the four corners

Region; that include Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado 

 

Where I come from my people are taught to respect the land and all creation

I am from the four sacred mountains of the Dine nation 

I am rooted

I am humble 

I am respected 

I am a believer 

I am a singer

I am a jingle dress dancer

I have faith 

I am young 

I am sensitive 

Where I come from people 

 

Stereotypes

 

say that native americans 

Dropout of high school or teen girls get pregnant or as drunks and partiers 

I pretend that I don’t care

But people make their own decisions 

 

   am 

      Striving

            to

               be

                  better 

A better:

Sister 

Cousin

Auntie 

Niece 

Singer 

Dancer 

Student

I will not give up

I want to graduate high school and go to college 

And

I am determined to help my people 

 

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