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Peg-Leg Flamingos

April 7, 2017

Imagine this —

When a group of Native American young people tried to envision a symbol that would represent their community and the challenges they have overcome, someone jokingly suggested a flamingo with a peg leg. “What could be more challenging than that?” the kids asked.

They could relate to such a bird’s struggle to stand up to life’s obstacles and remain balanced. Peg-Leg Flamingos, they decided, would be a perfect new name for the Native American International Caucus’ youth leadership training program.

The United Methodist caucus has been holding annual training gatherings for more than 20 years as a way to nurture and educate young leaders. About 300 youth have participated in the program. The meetings address prevalent issues in Native communities, such as bullying, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and health problems like diabetes.

— Now check out the rest of this:

Young people from Oneida United Methodist Church, who attended the Peg-Leg Flamingos youth leadership conference in September, present a tribal flag to water protectors at Standing Rock. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin

— And for extra credit, let me point you to an old book that opened my eyes and head and heart years ago: No More Lies by, of all people, Dick Gregory.


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