CNAY Talks Gen-I, Two Spirit Youth at Native Americans in Philanthropy Conference

NAP conference program

Native Americans in Philanthropy held its annual Philanthropy Institute May 25-27 in San Diego, California. CNAY’s Erik Stegman attended the convening to participate in conversations aimed at providing the necessary political and cultural context to inform philanthropists interested in or currently working with Native peoples.

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On May 25, Erik spoke at an opening plenary session that discussed parallels in health, education and youth disparities among Black and Native communities. The discussion included commentary on racially-based mascots and school to prison pipelines.

Left to right: Morning Star Gali, Historic Preservation Officer, Pit River Tribe; Bill Mendoza, White House Initiative on Native American/Alaska Native Education; Dr. Robert Ross, The California Endowment; Erik Stegman, CNAY
LtoR: Morning Star Gali, Historic Preservation Officer, Pit River Tribe; Bill Mendoza, White House Initiative on Native American/Alaska Native Education; Dr. Robert Ross, The California Endowment; Erik Stegman, Center for Native American Youth

On May 26, Erik moderated a morning panel discussion on youth-driven strategies for investing in Two Spirit programs. Panelists included Sarah Eagle Heart, Native Americans in Philanthropy; Kevin Jennings, Arcus Foundation; Karen Vigneault, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel/Kumeyaay, MLIS Librarian and Activist; and Kenneth Ramos, Barona Band of Mission Indians, Two Spirit/LGBT Advocate.

Later that afternoon, Erik led another discussion focused on Generation Indigenous, President Obama’s 2014 call to action to strengthen existing programs and leverage new resources to improve opportunity  for Native youth. This interactive session provided updates on the Gen-I initiative, shared strategies to promote youth development and leadership, highlighted new insights from youth data, and identified timely policy opportunities with high- impact potential. Speakers included

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Native Americans in Philanthropy promotes reciprocity and investment in, with and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities for all. Click here to learn more about NAP.

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