Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: tough but necessary conversations for children of color

Sep 24, 2018

A Rosebud Lakota quill work bag on display at the Sinte Gleska University Heritage Center
Credit ©Kelly Hallman

Parents want to keep their children safe from anything that could harm them - including information.

Parents of Black sons report painful conversations with them about how society may treat them, but Kelly Hallman, the director of IMAGEN (Indigenous Adolescent Girls' Empowerment Network) says Native girls are already tuned into the dangers they see around them.

Her program, she says, is not only giving girls skills and capabilities at an age where they're falling through health care and educational cracks, it's helping to rebuild  female infrastructure in communities and training new generations of mentors and leaders.