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  • My parents were teenagers living on the rez when I was born. They both decided to leave for college together. We moved to a border town, Chadron, NEB. Just a hour’s drive away, yet a whole change in life occurs.

    My whole life growing up I wanted to move back to the rez. Find out who my family is and where I come from. I graduated and moved to Kyle with my great grandmother Dora Underbaggage, right in the heart of the rez.

    At first I was blinded by easily seeing the negativity. Graffiti everywhere, trash and broken glass. I thought immediately there is No Expectations./

    Early in the morning I smell coffee, I hear my Unci laughing loud and talking in Lakota with others in the kitchen. When I go down the hall I see huge smiles from the elderly women. My Unci said, give them some coffee. This became my morning routine. Despite what I made myself believe, I was wrong. Sure alcoholism is bad, but eery family has someone sober living there. I discovered something special – love and family. Where I grew up you have lots of neighbors, but no one laughing together, eating together, the simple things. I have never left since I moved here.

    I have hope for the youth – even when there seems like there is no hope—on the rez you have to hope against hope. Things will change for the better if you can get any better than what we have – family and love.
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