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  • I remember growing up and seeing my cousins have babies at a young age. In my young age and mind I didn't realize that they were very young and that it was kind of considered bad in society to become a teen mother. As I grew older, I began to see that more and more young girls on the reservation become pregnant and all over the United States. Over at least 75,000 young teenage girls become teen moms each year. These past four years here at Red Cloud I’ve seen at least ten girls become pregnant and some of them even leave because of it. I know that when I go somewhere even to Rapid City, some people ask me if so many pregnancies on the reservation how come we don't have our own television show like MTV. I can hear people whisper mean things about Native American girls being pregnant and it makes me feel sad and angry. I don't want to ever be one of those girls and I want to prove every statistic about all Native girls wrong. I will not be a stereotype but one day I will be an example of my people becoming a something in the world.
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