Author Archive | Carmen Peone

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Big Dreams, Little Spurs

Nine-year-old INFR Women’s Barrel Racing Champion and Colville tribal member Rocksie Marchand recently competed at The American Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, this past month all due to big dreams and little spurs. The 63 & ½ pound Native girl gets the job done. How? With: Determination. Perseverance. Good old-fashion hard work. “I had a […]

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Hannah for blog

Hoof and Heart Beats with Hannah Gardner

Me: Hey, all! I’m here with my first interview with my female hero, Miss Hannah Gardner, of my historical young adult novel, Hannah’s Journey. Welcome, Hannah! How are you? Hannah: Hello, Carmen. I am quite well. *She smiles and crosses her ankles.* Thank you for asking. Me:  How’s training coming along? Hannah: Between my Auntie […]

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Shoot Like a Girl

  I’d like to welcome Hornet student-athlete and Colville Tribal member, Meika Heath! Have you ever thought about the term, shoot like a girl? If we can learn to shoot hoops like Miss Heath, I’m in! Recently she earned a 1,000 point career award in basketball. Is that a big deal? You bet it is! […]

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What Happens When a Vibrant Desert Garden Uplifts You

Have you ever felt the pressure of a conference? Board meetings. Committee Chair. Workshop Presenter. Agent Pitch Appointment. Voices crawling up my skin, intruding my thoughts. Members milling in tight spaces, causing dizziness. Recirculated air scraping my throat. I had to find peace and quiet. After unloading an armful of books, folders, and board packets […]

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Hannah's mare prize

Native Horses

Native Americans originally traveled by shanks ponies–or on foot. Natives obtained their first horses from Spanish explorers in 1540. Some of those original horses escaped and turned wild and are now coined Mustangs. The first horse used by Natives, now having its own registry, is the American Indian Horse. Its ancestry consists of Spanish Barb, […]

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