The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) hosted their annual Emerging Native Leaders Summit (ENLS) August 16-18 in Washington, DC. NACA branded the summit as a Gen-I event to promote their commitment to increasing access to opportunity for Native youth. The summit provides training on the basics of business, understanding industry, and gives participants an introduction to Indian law and advocacy.
This year, NACA offered scholarships to cover the cost of attending the summit and partnered with CNAY to promote the opportunity to young leaders in the Gen-I National Native Youth Network. Three scholarships were awarded this year, including one awarded to Gen-I Ambassador Sydney Wahkinney (Comanche) from Oklahoma.
Champion for Change Keith Martinez also attended the Emerging Native Leaders summit, and found it to be a particularly valuable experience. “This is one of the most informative summits I have been to,” said Keith. “Not only did we learn how to start our own small business through lectures, but we were also able to apply what we learned to our business plan.” Click here to read Keith’s own reflection on his ENLS experience.
NACA invited CNAY to facilitate a roundtable discussion at the summit to better understand priorities from participant’s communities and their personal connections to the outcomes and goals of the ENLS training. CNAY thanks NACA for this opportunity, and for their commitment to Gen-I!
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