Native peoples sharing their journeys to wellness

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All work and no play separates us from culture and traditions

By Barbara K. Robins / WBS Blogger Omaha, NE – Quite a few weeks ago, I wrote about making a traditional Lakota doll out of tanned deerskin as part of a life skills workshop. Our instructor Steve Tamayo teaches a wide range of traditional Lakota skills and generously shares some of those skills and insights […]

October Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Is your campus safe?

Courtesy of Lori Hasselman / Haskell Indian Nations University Native American students are more impacted by domestic violence than any other college students. The sta­tistics speak to the high numbers of Native American victims (3 out of 5 American Indian women have been assaulted in their lifetime) who are mothers, sisters, and aunts. Some students […]


American Indian activists converge on Bay Area to champion stay-active lifestyle

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — For the second decade, American Indian health activists from South Dakota, Washington and California will trek to the Bay Area in pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes at the annual PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week (October 5-13). The eight day event is a culmination of PATHSTAR’s year-round program to educate about and encourage […]


Race Walk your way to a family weekend fitness routine

By Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton / WBS Blogger TULSA, Okla. — Thump thump thump thump thump thump. Hard poke to the arm. “Mommy, you’ve got to get up,” a little voice whispers. “You’ve gotta do miles so I can get pancakes!” The footsteps work around the bed, narrowly avoiding the dozing dog, then repeat the lecture at […]


Berries instead of ice cream help to build healthy memories

By Kevin R. Kemper / WBS Blogger One his first birthday late last spring, I wanted to take my grandson Lane to get some ice cream, like my grandfather had done with me. Lane’s mother, however, didn’t want him to have too much sugar.  She’s a great mother! But I wanted to have that little […]


World Suicide Prevention Day: How raising awareness helps one tribal member heal

By Rhonda LeValdo / WBS Blogger Affected by the suicide of his sister,  Dirk Whitebreast of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation) found healing not just through exercise but spreading his message to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Realizing he had to transform his life to become a role model, […]

When providing feedback or advice, speaking with someone, not at them, will result in a much sweeter payoff. Lemonade, anyone?

Handling criticism: Reacting to life’s lemons

By Mallory Black / WBS Blogger Getting my writing slammed by an editor at a national newspaper isn’t exactly a heartwarming experience. Needless to say: ouch. However the experience did make me stop and think for a minute. OK, what was missing from my story? Where were the holes? Did it make sense? Yep, it […]