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Sarah Sunshine Manning

Staff blogger

Sarah Sunshine Manning is Native American of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, a sovereign nation located on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation of northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Sarah is also a proud descendent of the Chippewa-Cree tribes of Rocky Boy, Montana. Sarah is a mother to a 12-year-old son, Ch'oshgai, which in the language of his father translates to "White Spruce." As a parent, Sarah is devoted to raising her son with with a solid cultural foundation, as well as respect and appreciation for the many unique cultures of the world.

By profession, Sarah is a social science educator, with experience teaching middle school and high school on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her work in the field of education has been centered around creating culturally relevant materials for Native American youth, while also promoting culturally responsive learning environments that nurture the unique needs of Native American youth.

Sarah is also an avid social justice advocate, and has spent much of her professional career advocating for Native American rights, and especially for the rights of Native American youth, who suffer the highest rates of suicide in the nation. Sarah's advocacy for Native American communities also involves cultural revitalization, environmental protection, healing from historical and generational trauma, and advocacy for accurate representations of Native American people in the media, education, popular culture, and society, moreover.

In addition to her work as an educator, Sarah is a writer, serving as a regular columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and as a staff writer for Embrace Race. In her writing, Sarah works to contribute Native American perspectives to critical conversations on race, culture, education, politics, arts and entertainment, environmentalism, and tribal sovereignty.