Historically in Native communities, formalized Western education was used as a tool of cultural genocide, a tool of assimilation. With the whole government-run boarding school system—a system that my own grandmother and my aunties went through as well—where the professed model was to kill the Indian and save the man. For so many decades and generations, this idea of going off to school meant losing your Native culture. It meant that part of you was forcibly erased. You weren’t allowed to speak your language. You weren’t allowed to practice your culture. That is a legacy that occurred up until the 1960s and ’70s, so this isn’t ancient history…[we are re-framing] this idea—going to college is not about losing your identity as a Native person. It’s a way for you to give back to your community. It’s a way for you to build up your nation. It’s a way for to gain the skills and knowledge that your nation needs.
so i was looking up off bug spray ads and i was expecting to see some lady on a lawn chair with a bottle of bug spray but instead i saw
then i came across this gem
and this last one was pure gold
god bless you off bug spray
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.