by Wenona Gardner
I was born Native American
of the Mohican tribe and to me
that has been something I highly honor.
I used to live on the Mohican reservation
as a small child and have visited there
several times since then.
I don’t look Native American.
I have fair skin and light brown hair, but
just because I don’t look like a stereotypical
Native American doesn’t mean that
I am not Native American.
I identify with being Native American
the most despite my features.
That’s because being Native American
is from my heart and soul.
I love Native American music and arts.
I get excited when I meet other
Native Americans like myself.
I have an Osage and Seneca Indian
therapist that I work with who is very
important in my life.
She had helped me to achieve full time employment
and helped me focus and get organized to
achieve my employment goals.
I enjoy going to the Fred Leroy Health and Wellness Center
run by the Ponca Indians
because I am able to go to sweat lodge ceremonies to
heal my mind, body, heart, and spirit.
I am drawn to Native American ceremonies and
the scent of burning sage brings up
a flood of positive memories.
I believe in a lot of Native American causes and
I follow key Native American people and the work they do.
I am proud to be Native American of the Mohican tribe.