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Jason Sinn
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Jason Sinn is a fine art portrait, commercial, and cultural photographer photographer based in San Francisco, California.
Jason Sinn is a fine art portrait, commercial, and cultural photographer photographer based in San Francisco, California.

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Aku, is one of many young Native American warriors who are working hard to help renovate D-Q University, a former Tribal University.

"Volunteering here (at D-Q University) is pretty calm. Most people visit because they studied here and have a connection with the land. I'll tour them around the campus to show them what's new and talk about the history. I do security, maintenance and grounds-keeping."

www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today/

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Aku is a 19-year old P'Urepecha Native American who volunteers his time to help renovate D-Q University, a former Native American Tribal College near Davis, California. As a resident in Los Angeles, he drives 12 hours round-trip each time he visits.

"A lot of the people that come here (to D-Q University) have the same story as I. A lot of us are trying to reconnect and decolonize."

www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today/

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One of the things that I admire most about Native American culture is the way that the younger generation respects their Elders. This respect isn't born from discipline, but from genuine appreciation. Most Natives know that their Elders have fought hard for their rights in the past and that they are the most resources for passing on their history and traditions.

www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today/

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In November 1970, Arthur Apodaca of the Tigua Tribe was one of the first from a group of Native American UC Davis students to scale the fence into an Army Communications base near Davis, California. The base was later used to create D-Q University, the first and only Tribal University to ever exist in California.

"I told my friends to come with me, but many of them said 'no' because they were afraid they would be arrested or shot. I jumped the fence and there was a guard, a young man with a gun, and he looked at me shocked. I told him calmly, 'Call your commander and tell him that the Native Americans are taking the fort.'"

"3 or 4 months later we got a deed from Richard Nixon. Kids started coming from all over. The Alcatraz protesters. The Dakotas. We had volunteers cooking in the kitchens and people started staying in the dorms. It began with a handful of people and rose to the hundreds."

www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today/

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After talking to Joe (read my previous post to learn more about his story) he slid a card across the table and offered for me to photograph it. It was something that people don't often see - a Tribal ID. Almost everything on this Tribal ID was the same as everyone else's except for one major item, and that was "Blood Degree". Blood degree means what Native blood percentage someone has, which in turn can determine whether they have access to Tribal membership and government benefits.

https://www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today

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Joseph Pacheco, 84 years old, was very young when he was taken away to an American Indian boarding school. These schools, which were often funded by the government, were made to eradicate Indigenous culture from Native children and forcibly assimilate them into Euro-American society. The children would have their hair cut to mimic American styles, were converted to Christianity, had their real names replaced with European names, and were regularly abused.
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"I went to Stewart Indian School (in Carson City, NV) from 1942 to 1945. Children were forcefully taken away from their parents by the government agents to be put in the schools and I was 9 years old when I was taken. I lost my right-eye at that school when another student stabbed me with a pencil...I had to be on guard most of the time. The teachers pushed Christianity and we were punished for speaking our own language and we'd get beaten with belts and paddles if they caught us. We grew up not knowing our language or our culture. It's a trauma I'll never forget. I even dream about it - Almost like going through a battlefield."

www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today

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Proud Lakota Native American and mother Stephanie Big-Eagle holding her son, Ezekiel (God Will Strengthen) Wicapi (Star) Big-Eagle. Stephanie has taken her son to the Dakotas, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

"I'm homeschooling my son and he travels with me around the world. I want him to understand his identity and meet other cultures and indigenous people. I want him to understand his culture from its roots and not through others."

https://www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today

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"My tattoos came from a vision that I had. My chin tattoo shows my journey as a woman and each step that I've taken - the steps symbolize Ascension and strength. They're positioned from my chest to my jaw bones to remind myself to speak from the heart and in a good way. My forehead tattoo symbolizes where I come from and the long spiral of my ancestors here on Earth and in the stars."
- Stephanie Big-Eagle, Lakota Native American
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This photo is the first of many that I will be posting over the next few weeks from my new project titled "Unbroken: Native Americans Today." The project focuses on modern Native American culture and the difficulties that Native Americans face in today's society.

To support this project, visit: www.patreon.com/jasonsinnphotography

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Behind the scenes with proud Lakota Native American and mother Stephanie Big-Eagle as she holds her son Ezekiel Wicapi. This photoshoot was the first step into a very special project that I've been keeping secret since October 2017. Tonight I'll be posting the first official photo from the portfolio along with a major announcement

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Working with fellow artists is always thrilling. So many collaborative and creative options blow wide open and the best part is that just like you, the subjects are more than willing to go the extra mile to create that perfect shot.

This my "master collection" of performer photos that I have made over the years. Enjoy the ride!

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