October 18 Deadline for “My Native Voice” Public Lands Conservation Contest

It has almost been one year since the Native American community pulled together to make a difference and protect one of their sacred sites. As a result of that effort, President Obama designated Chimney Rock in southwest Colorado as a national monument in September 2012, honoring a place rich in beauty, history, and Native American culture. The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is providing Native American youth a chance to use their voices to advocate for the protection of more sacred and historical sites for the generations to come.

My Native Voice: Public Lands Conservation and Future Generations

CNAY is empowering Native youth in a new campaign: “My Native Voice: Public Lands Conservation and Future Generations.” This campaign gives Native American youth a chance to share stories about why conserving public lands, which are often home to sacred sites, is important to them and their culture. CNAY invites Native youth to submit their stories in video, written, or some other art form, with the top three submissions receiving prizes!

Who Can Participate:

  • Native Americans 24 years old and under
  • Youth across Indian Country, with special focus on tribal communities in the West

Submissions: 
Entries will be submitted online via: https://aspeninstitute.wufoo.com/forms/my-native-voice/

Guidelines:

  • Submissions should: 
  • Highlight the importance of preserving public lands for culture and heritage, and for future generations; and
  • Mention specific sites or locations, 
  • Photos or video of the public lands that are important to you are encouraged.
  • Written entries should be a minimum of 1 page.
  • Written submissions will not be heavily scrutinized for grammar and spelling, but we encourage proofreading before you submit.
  • Video entries should be a minimum of 2 minutes.
  • Creative poems, songs, and art work are encouraged.

Application Deadline: October 18, 2013

Prizes: Visa Gift Cards!

1st Place:              $200

2nd place:             $150

3rd Place:              $100

***Special prize for those that submit early! The first youth submitting a story about why public lands and conservation are important to them will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card. The submission must meet guidelines.

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