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Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Baltimore, MD — 2017 Champions for Change, Nancy Deere-Turney (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) and Sam Schimmel (Kenaitze/St. Lawrence Island Siberian Yupik), along with CNAY staff, attended Casey Family Program's National Tribal Leader Meeting held at the Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards. The topic of the meeting was "Safe Children. Strong Families. Supportive Communities." That morning, CNAY Founder and … Continue reading 2017 Champions for Change Speak at Casey Family Programs Meeting with Tribal Leaders
This year marked the 73rd annual meeting of the National Congress of American Indians. Held in Phoenix, Arizona, the conference brought together hundreds of elected tribal leaders, community members, advocates and policymakers to discuss important current issues facing tribal communities. The conference included a special youth agenda, which provided opportunities for young people to learn … Continue reading CNAY Connects with Native Youth at NCAI Conference in Phoenix
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute welcomed a group of approximately 100 Native American youth to Washington, DC September 26-27 for the eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference and the second White House Tribal Youth Gathering. These young leaders from across the country served as Youth Delegates at the Tribal Nations Conference … Continue reading CNAY Welcomes Native Youth Leaders to DC for White House Events!
CNAY partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) on an outreach trip to Salt Lake City in August. Together, we co-presented at the 11th Annual Governor's Native American Summit and organized a Gen-I Native Youth Roundtable at the Natural History Museum of Utah. During the presentation at the summit, CNAY discussed Native youth perspectives on … Continue reading CNAY Conducts Gen-I Native Youth Roundtable in Salt Lake City
Youth Spotlight: Gen-I Ambassador Isabella Zizi CNAY continues to honor and recognize the hard work of our Generation Indigenous Native Youth Ambassadors. This month, we recognize Isabella Zizi for her work as an environmental activist who is deeply connected to and passionate about Mother Earth. Isabella works with Idle No More SF Bay and created … Continue reading July Updates from the Center for Native American Youth
NEWSLETTER APRIL 2016 View the full newsletter as a web page Youth Spotlight – Champion for Change Dahkota Brown Joins National Advisory Council on Indian Education Dahkota Brown became a Champion for Change in 2013 for founding Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS), a nonprofit organization focused on Native student retention and support. Now, Dahkota will … Continue reading April Updates from the Center for Native American Youth
On April 28, CNAY hosted a group of nearly 50 Native high school students involved in the Close Up Program. The roundtable took place at CNAY's offices in Washington, DC. The Close Up Program brings together diverse students from across the country for a hands-on learning experience in Washington DC. Students meet with policy and decision … Continue reading CNAY Hosts Close Up Native Youth in Washington, DC
On March 30, CNAY’s Executive Director, Erik Stegman moderated a panel discussion on effective funding strategies for supporting Two Spirit youth. The session was part of Funding Forward 2016, an annual convening of grantmakers dedicated to LGBTQ issues. During the discussion, panelists Sarah Eagle Heart (CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy), Kevin Jennings (Executive Director of … Continue reading CNAY Moderates Discussion on Funding Strategies for Supporting Two Spirit Youth
In mid-March, CNAY and 2015 Champion for Change, Rory Taylor, attended and participated in the Citizen University conference in Seattle. The conference, which was themed “WHO IS US?” focused on race, identity, and what it means to be American now. The conference was attended by hundreds of activists and stakeholders to gain new skills, deepen … Continue reading Champion for Change Rory Taylor Participates in Citizen University Conference