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  • Mathew is lying on the floor, communing with the stones down there, asking them for inspiration. Annie sits at the computer, Glee blasting in her ears as she tells stories about her sister. Carlene is wearing macaroni pants, typing furiously as she tells the story about a glittering heart necklace. Fern's pink bangs hide her face as she cleans her contacts and puts them in her eyes.

    These are the students of period 3, Journalism and Publications. It's a powerful experience to guide them through the writing process. Usually we write for the school newspaper, which is published in a reservation-wide publication once a month. They report on school and community events - science fairs, speech competitions, field trips, elementary school buddy visits, student awards and recognition. But recently, we've begun a project of telling our own stories, of making the Pine Ridge Reservation a real location within the borders of South Dakota, not just a mythical place of past betrayal and pain.

    Now Mathew's up and typing. Annie is waiting to do her voice recording. Fern is searching posts written by students at another reservation high school. Carlene is still typing. I can't wait to read their stories.
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