Champion for Change Dahkota Brown Honored by National Education Association

On July 2, the National Education Association hosted their 154th annual meeting and 95th Representative Assembly, where more than 7,500 delegates convened to vote on major issues impacting public schools, students and teachers, and to work towards improving learning environments nationwide.

Dahkota Brown speaks about the importance of Native youth voices in improving student learning environments.

As part of the annual meeting, the NEA Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships Department and NEA American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus held a forum on Native youth featuring Champion for Change Dahkota Brown (Miwok). At the forum, Dahkota joined a panel of five Native students who shared their top priorities for Native education and provided recommendations for the faculty, advocates and other educators in attendance. 

Native youth panel at the forum.
Native youth panelists share perspectives at the Native education forum.
CNAY and partners from NEA, NAPLP, and NCAI celebrate Dahkota at the NEA awards gala.

On July 3,  Dakota was honored as the 2016 recipient of the NEA’s Leo Reano Memorial Award for his work to improve educational outcomes for Native students and commitment to improving learning environments by eliminating racist mascots. CNAY was invited to attend the awards ceremony to share in the celebration of Dahkota’s and other award recipients’ achievements.

Click here to watch a brief biopic created by the NEA to showcase Dahkota’s work as an advocate for improving Native students’ educational experiences.




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