What does fatherhood mean to you?
Fatherhood means giving my child love and support, being a positive role model and guiding her in the right direction. It is a responsibility that I enjoy.
What is the best part of being a dad?
Having this new little person come into this world and call me dad. My world now revolves around my child and my family.
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
When my daughter, Morning Star, came into this world and I was the first person to hold her. I was so proud looking at my baby and knowing I was her dad.
What do you and your child do for fun?
We play games, read, dance at powwows and our favorite thing to do is travel to new places.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
Discipline is the hardest part because I don’t like seeing my daughter disappointed or upset, but I know I need to set boundaries and teach her good values.
What kind of dad do you strive to be?
I strive to be like my dad. He taught me how to be a good provider for my family and teach my child to respect her elders, be kind to others and learn about our culture and traditional ways. I want to fully hand that down to my daughter so it will continue onto the next generation.
Describe your funniest moment as a dad.
I enjoy so many funny moments with my daughter. She lives up to her name and is a “Star.” After dinner each night, we get a one-girl talent show where she sings, dances or does a comedy show. There is so much laughter in our lives.
What would you hope that your child would say about you if asked what kind of a dad they have?
I hope that she would think of me as the best dad in the world, who loves her with all of my heart.
What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received about fatherhood?
Appreciate every moment you have with your children while they are young because they grow up so fast.
What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?
Watching my daughter grow up and learn new things every day inspires me. She inspires me to be the best dad I can be. Morning Star is the best thing that ever happened to me and my wife, Dina.