Fourteen year old T’ea Drift poses for a photograph with her grandmother Mavis Drift (both are tribal members of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe) at a powwow in Sawyer, Minnesota. This photo depicts a strong family connection within the Anishinaabe culture. Studies have shown that youth, including tribal youth, that are involved in their culture become well grounded, adjusted, and successful individuals especially with the love and support of their families. With gang violence on the rise within tribal communities (reservations and urban areas) across the state of Minnesota and other states around the U.S., positive and enriching cultural community involvement is necessary to provide spiritual, physical, and mental well being for anyone and everyone, especially our youth.
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