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The Fuel That Helps Us Rise

The music video WE SHALL REMAIN, directed and produced by the Los Angeles-based the StyleHorse Collective, is a poignant portrayal of Natives working together to rise about the effects of historical trauma their communities have suffered for years. The video tells the story of a young Native girl wanting to understand why her community and family have struggled. Her uncle explains her people’s history but reminds her that her cultural traditions can be used to rise above and succeed.

This is perhaps best stated when the uncle tells his niece:

“Untended wounds are at the core of much of the self-inflicted pain experienced in Native America. Much like fire, this pain can either be devastatingly destructive or wisely harnessed to become fuel that helps us to rise up and move forward in life with joy, purpose and dignity.”

Filmed on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho, the StyleHorse Collective used students attending the 2014 Northwest UNITY Youth Conference for the video. WE SHALL REMAIN delivers its message powerfully with music written and produced by The StyleHorse Collective; vocals provided by The Wakan Sisters (Billie Kennedy, Dani Kennedy and Katt Jefferson) and CeCe Curtis-Cook; and its story delivered in rhyming prose.

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Lakota Berenstain Bears Keep the Language Alive

We are excited to share with you a Native language cartoon series based on the popular children’s book and television series, the Berenstain Bears. A collaboration of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, the Lakota Berenstain Bears Project exposes Native youth to the history of Lakota language.

The project translated 20 episodes of the Berenstain Bears television series into Lakota with the help of Native speakers from the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, and Rosebud communities across North Dakota and South Dakota. With Native speakers from so many Lakota-speaking communities, the show reflects the various dialects of the language.

Not only does this show present Lakota language well, but it also upholds the values of Lakota heritage touching on themes such as bravery, respect, generosity and fortitude. The collaboration selected the Berenstain family specifically for this project because the series focused on all of these values.

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