Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Circle of Life digs deep to find the spirit to improve


Nineteen-year-old Shawn Bower sits at a desk in the Circle of Life Academy on the White Earth Reservation, an all-Native American K-12 school. His young, troubled life shows in his eyes.

"It's been tough," he said, understating the trauma he has had to face growing up.

"I grew up with my dad always in prison and my mom not really being there," said Bower, who was partially raised by an uncle who went to prison, a grandmother who died, a cousin who took him in for a while and whole slew of random people who give him a couch to sleep on now and then.


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