Reconnecting to Native American Values

Reconnecting the Circle, a nonprofit  organization based in Reston, Virginia, is encouraging students to think about Native American values and how incorporating those values  into mainstream culture can help bring balance to everyday life.

Students in grades 9 to 12 are being asked “Why is reconnecting the circle  with Native Americans important today?” in this year’s National High School  Essay Contest. Reconnecting the Circle will award 10 scholarships—five to Native  American students and five to non-Native students—of $2,500  each.

“The Native American students always answer their essay questions  with true life stories or experiences, they talk about themselves, their  families, their tribes, their cultures,” says Danielle Gaines, president and  director of Reconnecting the Circle, in a video discussing the contest.

“The non-Native students, depending on their experience or lack of  relationship with Native American cultures will research historical events and  try to answer the question as best they can to understand the relationship of  Indian country to their own lives,” she continues. “They will compare their own  cultures in some cases to Native American cultures and automatically find common  ground.”

According to the organization’s website, this is their goal—to encourage  everyone to learn about Native American people and cultures, so they can develop  a more complete perspective on Indian country.

The contest is open to all high school students from all 50 states; entries  are due January 20, 2012. For more information about the contest, visit

To read more from Indian Country Today, click here

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