14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Before the Portrait

Lila sits on the side porch of her house while her family and friend get ready for a portrait behind her. Lila's grandmother, Heart Warrior, has spent years battling to keep custody of her grandchildren in Minnesota. It’s part of a long history of Native American removal and resistance.

This photo won the American Experience category of our 14th Annual Photo Contest. See all of the winners and finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Nett Lake, Minnesota, United States of America
Copyright: © Stephanie Foden
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