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Native students talk about tragedy at Red Lake

Denise Johnson of The Minneapolis Star Tribune interviewed six Native students to get their thoughts about the tragedy on the Red Lake Reservation and of the issues facing Native youth today.

Q: "There is a lot of analysis going on about Native youth because of what happened at Red Lake. What should people really know?"

Belinda Mitchell, Leech Lake: "People should know that the 'rez' is not as bad as they show it on the news. Natives are really down-to-earth people."

Amandaleticia Campos, Blackfoot: "People who do that will miss out on the great things about our culture and people. Get to know us before you say or write anything about it. Know your stuff before you run your mouth. Be there for our community and don't be scared to ask questions to get to know us."

Belinda: "They [the media] put all that stuff in there about being poor, and bad test scores and things that happened on the rez in the past just to make us look bad. They didn't do all that with other shootings in other places."

Leticia Lopez, Mille Lacs: "But some of it's true. I ain't gonna lie. We are poor, our family doesn't have money."

Get the Story:
It was our culture, friends and family (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 3/27)

Relevant Links:
Red Lake Net News - http://www.rlnn.com
Red Lake Nation - http://www.redlakenation.org
Red Lake High School - http://www.paulbunyan.net/rlschools/hs.htm

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