Native American Community Academy Students Visit the Center for Native American Youth

On June 4th, the Center for Native American Youth
welcomed 17 eighth-grade students from the Native
American Community Academy
(NACA), a tuition-free public charter school in Albuquerque,


NACA has a diverse student body with many cultural and
ethnic backgrounds represented – including students from more than 37 different
tribes. Center staff spent the morning learning about NACA’s trip to DC and
their communities back home. The discussion ranged from water rights to their
favorite books by Native authors.

The DC trip, which is offered annually to the eighth grade
class, provides “an experiential opportunity for students to explore the
importance of government-to-government relationships (federal, tribal, state),
to deepen their understanding the significance of U.S. government, and to
strengthen their ability to become leaders and prepare for college.” When they
weren’t meeting with lawmakers, the students managed to find some time for
roller coasters at an amusement park, which seemed to be a major highlight of
the trip.  

We were very glad to visit with the students and wish them
well as they begin their high school experience at NACA this fall!


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