Culture

Navajo Portraits by Justin Merriman

1.) Clayton Long, 65, at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. 2.) Tiana Sam, 16, Miss Blue Mountain Unity Princess 2017-18, photographed at San Juan High School on October 3, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "It's important to me to save our culture and language because I'm full Navajo. Its important to pass it on to the next generation," says Sam. 3.) Marion Sequaptewa, 16, holds her great grandfather's ceremonial basket, as she is photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "My Grandpa always tells me I'm not a true Navajo if I don't speak the language," she says. "It's important to me because other tribes are forgetting their language. I don't want my tribe to forget ours." 4.) Demarian Benally, 14, photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. Banally says, "It is important to me to save Navajo language and protect our tradition. Our culture will be stronger and others will be able to learn it." 5.) Syiera Tsosie, 14, at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "I grew up with Navajo. My mom taught me like her mother did. Navajo is passed down. Today many families are losing their traditional ways." 6.) Charlotta Lacy, a teacher at San Juan High School is photographed on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. 7.) Claramae Armajo, 14, photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "My great grandmother used to speak to me in Navajo. I'm very thankful that she and my grandma taught me." 8.) Esperanzo Lee, 16, holds her Navajo flute, as she is photographed at San Juan High School on October 2, 2018 in Blanding, Utah. "It's a good thing to keep our culture and language alive. It's something we need to keep going for our youth. It brings happiness to our elders that we can share and show our culture is still here," says Lee.

Fort Armstrong Rodeo by Justin Merriman

We Will Not Be Banned! by Justin Merriman

 Yarizeo Morales, 4, right, and her sister, Yulissa, 7, join in the �We Will Not Be Banned!� protest as it marched through Downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The rally was in response to the Supreme Court decision announced this week to uphold the Muslim Ban, as well as protesting the separation of children on the border with Mexico and the recent police shooting of Antwon Rose II in East Pittsburgh, Pa.

Yarizeo Morales, 4, right, and her sister, Yulissa, 7, join in the ‘We Will Not Be Banned!’ protest as it marched through Downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The rally was in response to the Supreme Court decision announced this week to uphold the Muslim Ban, as well as protesting the separation of children on the border with Mexico and the recent police shooting of Antwon Rose II in East Pittsburgh, Pa.

A Family's Fears by Justin Merriman

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People Call for Justice for Antwon by Justin Merriman

People take to the streets of Pittsburgh in the days following the police killing of an unarmed black male. 17-year-old Antwon Rose II was shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19 after the vehicle he was riding in was stopped by police. Rose, a passenger in the car, fled the vehicle during the traffic stop, and was shot three times by Officer Michael Rosfeld who has been charged with criminal homicide. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images) 

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Westboro Baptist Church Protest by Justin Merriman

A person is tackled by Pittsburgh Police after he rushed a member of the Westboro Baptist Church and ripped a sign out of their hands as they demonstrated near Carnegie Mellon University on Thursday in Pittsburgh.  

Christopher Columbus Statue by Justin Merriman

The Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh stands splattered with paint after being defaced on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017. 

Many have called for the renaming of the holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day as a way to recognize the oppression of Native Americans. More than 50 cities and states across the US have renamed Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Trump Signs by Justin Merriman

Leon Moyer, 60, owner of JL Signs stands in front of his business on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2017 in Ruffs Dale, Pa. Moyer has continued to make and sale pro-Trump signs and bumper stickers long after the election has passed.  Read more about Moyer in the New York Post.

Freshmen Class by Justin Merriman

The freshman class of Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences visit the Heinz History Center for their orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Carnegie Mellon University freshmen participate in 'House Wars,' an orientation activity, as they begin a new semester on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 on campus in Oakland, Pa. 

Carnegie Mellon University freshmen participate in 'House Wars,' an orientation activity, as they begin a new semester on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 on campus in Oakland, Pa. 

The freshman class of Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences visit the Heinz History Center for their orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Eid al-Fitr by Justin Merriman

Eheze Hassani, 8, of Sharpsburg, Pa., sits in a chair as she waits for the prayer to begin during an Eid al-Fitr celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Young boys wait for the beginning of a prayer during an Eid al-Fitr celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Aya Attal, 17, of Crafton, Pa., hugs a friend at an Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

(left to right) Omar Sultan, 21, Majeed Hawsawi, 27, and Sultan Alsaykhan, 22, take a selfie together as they join hundreds of Pittsburgh muslims to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Women stand in prayer during an Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, on June 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pa. More images at Getty Images