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Ann Arbor, MI
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About NaTivE_BeAutiE:

I am Alena, and writing to me is a way of life! I am a senior in high school. My hobbies include writing/performing poetry, singing, taking care of my family, and one day going to college. Hope you enjoy my work!! :)

Articles and Art by NaTivE_BeAutiE:

Equations of a Broken Heart
Poetry section, Teen Ink
Pow-Wow Braids
Hot Topics section, Teen Ink This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
May You Walk in Sunshine
Poetry section, Teen Ink
This Night
Poetry section, Teen Ink
Why did I Believe You?
Poetry section, Teen Ink
Poetry section, Teen Ink This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
Before We Were Indians
Poetry section, Teen Ink
All in a Moment
Poetry section, Teen Ink
Love is the Same in Every Language
Poetry section, Teen Ink

NaTivE_BeAutiE's favorite work by others on TeenInk.com:

Think before you speak
Opinion section, Teen Ink
Oglala Lakota Nation
Poetry section, Teen Ink
Brought Up to Be
Poetry section, Teen Ink

NaTivE_BeAutiE's Favorite Personal Quote:

~a woman looked at me and said, "You know, you really don't look Indian."So I smiled at her and responded: "Well you don't look stupid, but appearances can be awfully deceiving."~

Favorite books: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Where the Red Fern Grows, Green Eggs and Ham, House On Mango Street, The absolutely true diaries of a part-time Indian 
Favorite authors: Sandra Cisneros, Louise Edrich, Sherman Alexie, Dr. Seus, Mary Crow Dog 
Favorite music albums: Good Girl Gone Bad-Rihanna, As I am-Alicia Keys, Music for the Naitve Americans-Robbie Robertson, Wind River-Andrew Vasquez, Life After Death-Biggie 
Favorite music artists: Alicia Keys, Drake, Ulali, Lil Wayne, Wisin y Yandel 
Favorite movies: Selena, Dream Keeper, Dances With Wolves, Mean Girls, The Notebook 
Favorite movie stars: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Eddie Spears, Sage, Will Smith 
Favorite TV shows: I, Don't watch, That much, t, v 
Favorite actors: Eddie Spears, Jamie Foxx, Edward James Olmos, Hillary Swank, Will Smith 
Favorite gadgets: Cell phone, ipod nano, Radio, CDs, Boombox 
Favorite hobbies: Poetry/writing, Singing, Dancing, Clubbing, being with people 
Favorite heroes: Mom, Dad, Ricardo, God, anyone who has made me into the person I am today or inspired me in anyway 

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