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Resources to Support American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

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American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth are strong and resilient. Unfortunately, many Native youth face daily microaggressions, fueled by negative stereotypes, the perpetuation of Indian mascots, invisibility in the mainstream media and the historical record, in addition to lateral violence regarding “Nativeness” and identity – which impede cultural pride.   

Building cultural pride and positive identity can improve mental health and resilience for all youth and especially for Native youth. Here are some tools and resources you can use to support AI/AN students. 

We R Native Website

We R Native is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. Their website and social media channels strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in local communities and the nation at large. Since its launch, the website has had over 2 million pageviews.

Caring Text Messages

Sometimes all it takes is a thoughtful note to brighten your day and shift your perspective. We all need a little more joy in our lives. The best part about being Native is that we have each other’s backs. 

To join, youth can text “CARING’’ to 65664 (or “COLLEGE” to 65664 for college students). Youth will receive 1-2 text messages per week with funny videos, songs, and inspirational messages designed to remind them how awesome they are! 

Related Resources is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.