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Megan Red Shirt-Shaw
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Megan Red Shirt-Shaw graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a Bachelors in English (Creative Writing focus). She is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. Currently living in the Bay Area, she loves learning about projects for Indigenous youth and the idea that a college education opportunity can change one’s trajectory forever. Her favorite phrase her mother ever taught her in Lakota is “Weksuye, Ciksuye, Miksuye” meaning “I remember, I remember you, Remember me.”

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Our Kids Should Be Allowed to Go Anywhere

(20) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:40 AM

"People have asked me, 'Why did you take your kids there if you knew there was going to be drinking?' Our kids should be allowed to go anywhere."

This past weekend at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, a group of students from the American Horse...

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Without the Headdress, Without Ellie Goulding

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:15 PM

This piece is in response to a piece published on Breitbart entitled "Here's Why I'll Be Wearing a Native American Headdress Next Halloween" by Milo Yiannopoulos.

Dear Milo,

I had a really hard time reading your piece about Ellie Goulding wearing a headdress. Even harder than

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Native and Home(less)

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:14 PM

My first time to the city of Seattle was two weeks ago. A best friend from undergrad was there for a conference and I agreed to fly up from the Bay Area to see her. From drought-ridden California, the greenery of the drive from the airport was refreshing, the skyline...

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See About a Girl

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:17 PM

My parents once saw Robin Williams in a restaurant and he nodded to them in greeting. It was always one of my favorite stories about their life before me. The other was that my brother's Boulder preschool was on the second floor of the house that was used during Mork...

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Sioux in Silicon Valley

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:12 PM


I walk into a Silicon Valley Starbucks wearing a red sweatshirt that reads "Oglala Lakota Nation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota" on the back. The tables are full of techies talking about social media content and news feeds. With swooped hair and polished button-ups, this has become a normal part of...

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