“Standing up for what’s right often isn’t comfortable.”

As an attorney, Makalika Naholowa’a says her law degree gives her a rare privilege, and she feels responsible to use it for good.

In 2016, while volunteering to protect the Native vote in North Dakota, I was also able to join the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock—the largest gathering of indigenous people in recent history. People were coming from everywhere, and my daughter and I joined other Hawaiians already there.

In indigenous America, if you’re having a meaningful gathering, everybody’s out there: kupuna (elders), keiki (kids), makua (parents). That’s how it is. Elders lead, and we draw on their wisdom and spiritual strength. The children are learning. We have a responsibility to the next generation, so we do everything to teach those that are here and prepare for those that aren’t yet born. My daughter brought her ipu to participate in drumming. It was cold, but she understood that standing up for what’s right often isn’t comfortable.—Makalika Naholowa’a, from rural central Arizona

A man walking in a tall corn field

“No matter where we are in the world, this will always be our home.”

Adonis Trujillo and his wife, Mona, returned home to Taos Pueblo for the birth of their son to introduce him to his forever home. For Adonis and his tribe, cultivating a connection to land, family, and community begins with the very first breath of life.
A man wearing an apron holds a pan of dough

“I teach my kids to cook to make sure they don’t forget where they come from.”

Joseph Sefair believes in “family first”—whether that’s his parents in Colombia, his children at home, or his team at work. Watch him make empanadas—prepared the Colombian way.
a photo of a woman laying down on her surfboard in the ocean waves

“These are the lessons my mother and father passed on to me—to help others feel valued and loved.”

Rita Picarra watched her parents dedicate their life’s work to making sure everyone felt supported, included, and seen—a legacy that she carries forward with responsibility and pride.
A man lays on a hammock with his children, a boy and a girl, who hang their legs over his lap

“I’m part of something that’s so much bigger than me.”

Chief environmental officer Lucas Joppa's childhood playground was a forest. No TV. No computers. Now, he's betting our planet’s future on technology.