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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Native American Site! These are the top ten articles that your Native American Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!

1. Full Circle - Book Review
With courage and insight, Full Circle captures the effects of historical trauma. This book of historical fiction is significant, it tells a story that has rarely been told. Full Circle is spellbinding story that brings to light the roots of despair that still manifests as pain for too many.

2. Finding a Teacher can be a Challenge
Finding a teacher of natural healing within the American Indian community can be a challenge. There are reasons for the obstacles a prospective student must work through, and these are based in history.

3. PTSD and Native Communities
As a race, the Native population in North America has experienced an unusual amount of trauma. The results have been very clear emotional, physical, and behavioral responses to this trauma. From a spiritual perspective, PTSD can be viewed as negative energy trapped in the body.

4. Dream Catcher
In North America it would be hard to find someone, of any age or background, who is not familiar with the object known as a Dream Catcher. These familiar objects can even be found in Dollar Stores across the continent and come in all colors of the rainbow.

5. The Medicine Wheel
A Medicine Wheel might be described as a bunch of rocks laid in a circle on the ground. But these have been constructed for thousands of years and represent the Sacred Circle of Life and a balance we each must strive for.

6. Our Constitution and the Iroquois
This week we celebrated the birth of our Nation. The Founding Fathers emphasized the role of Divine Providence in their efforts, but the Iroquois Confederation may have shared a role.

7. Apsaalooke Flag
Flags symbolize a nation or country and can be inspirational in design. The official flag of the Crow Tribal Nation is a fine example. The Apsaalooke flag has a sky blue background with the official Tribal seal in the center. The flag bears much symbolism and reveals a proud history.

8. Spirit Path - Honoring Ourselves
As we go about our busy lives we often become overloaded with obligations. Its just part of life right? We can look to Native American philosophy to help us prioritize these obligations.

9. Fry Bread and White Bean Soup Cozy Winter Recipe
Fry bread is soul food in Indian Country. Fry bread recipes vary regionally from tribe to tribe. Fry bread is always great as an accompaniment to soup. May your hearts be grateful and your meal be blessed with all the goodness Mother Earth and the Great Spirit provide for you now and always.

10. Power Place - La Push, WA USA
Certain locations allow us to connect with these magnificent forces and become strengthened by the hand of our Creator. Sacred places and landmarks were chosen for vision quests, prayers, or rituals. One such power place is along the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean in Washington State.

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