In late April, CNAY’s Josie Raphaelito and Ryan Ward traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Native Youth Empowerment Symposium at the Isleta Pueblo Resort & Casino. As part of National
Financial Literacy Month and in conjunction with President Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative, the symposium was a one-day event involving discussion panels and interactive activities in the fields of financial education, careers, education, and investments. Featured speakers included William Mendoza, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education and Vince Logan, Special Trustee for American Indians. The Native Youth Empowerment Symposium was hosted by the Pueblo of Isleta in association with TIWA Lending, The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST), FINRA Investor Education Foundation and First Nations Development Institute (FNDI). Click here to view the symposium agenda.
Before departing from New Mexico, CNAY met with the Santa Fe Indian School to learn more about the school’s mission to support Native students in becoming culturally grounded, academically prepared graduates and professionals.
Next, CNAY traveled to Phoenix, AZ where we were joined by 2016 Champions for Change Vanessa Goodthunder, Brayden White, and Sam Slater. CNAY and the Champions held a roundtable meeting with the Arizona Department of Education and visited the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs to exchange information about resources serving Native youth. CNAY was also joined by Board Member Patty Talahongva and Casey Family Programs’ Thomas Cody for this segment of the outreach trip.