Native American woman in NYC says her culture, traditions ‘are still living’

Melissa Lakowi:he’ne’ Oakes is the executive director of the American Indian Community House in New York City. She says Natives are treated as if they are a part of the past.
2:21 | 09/25/20

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Say hello my name is yet Helena helps. It's like clad. And global hot and on the zones in. I'm also the executive director of the marriage between house here in New York City. Currently places where. American community houses. We aren't just sort of crammed in as. Eighties. It's showing us. Home society. Is making an effort to its us. So this. Workshop I didn't from me. Credit reports. Are babies. I think. As a way homeland an urban spaces this might be where we struggle the most. This is where society. Does not want to acknowledge just they just want to look at us in museums or galleries. And fondled her. It's something. They feel is from the distant past and not really acknowledged in those of us that you know are still live in by. Our culture and traditions. Somebody who is also you know now owns and native American culture and real awakening who anywhere because we're signing get lost in assimilation. Is Richard Oakes he's from a whose last name he's small he is my relation on my grandfather's side he did occupation. Health which has in 1969. Which was also. A time when ANC aides responded as well. Is put initially woman and leader were very token I used an object defiant and often people exploit our culture. In our teachings. But it's also sort of like intellectual property you can't be out here profiting off of teaching native studies in teaching what you think is who we are. Leave that us. Him. Let us teach our cultures or share what we want to. And especially here in the city you know this tonight speaks. Would not paying eighteen to call to scenic spots including Sony we'll heat in and other something nations. We are still here.

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