(Paul painting with his son, Tony)
Paul Cline (Nooksack/Lummi), Student at Northwest Indian College
Interview by Burdette Birdinground
WHAT'S POSSIBLE WITH NYLA?
The support from all the Northwest NYLA members in our region. The community being close and being able to connect with members and to relate on local issues and support each other in our goals.
WHAT HAS NYLA SUPPORTED YOU IN?
NYLA is a big part in me attending Northwest Indian College's, Our Food is Our Medicine conference every year. They support my interest and help put my plans into action. They have helped me step...
WE ARE NYLA!
1. NYLA invests in young adult (early 20s to early 30s) Native leaders to spark culturally based community change!
2. The NYLA fellowship provides ongoing mentorship and leadership coaching, a nationwide network of young leaders from diverse Tribal communities, elder mentors, local and national retreats, skill building and network building opportunities across both Native and non-Native communities
3. NYLA fellows are predominantly from rural communities and committed to lead in their communities for the long-term and most fellows are current or have graduated from a Tribal...
BILLINGS MT- The hotel conference room was filling up with eager tribal college students and supporters on the final day of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC); a yearly conference that showcases the best of what the nation's tribal colleges have to offer. The people (participants) were taking part in a "Share Your Spark" session hosted by our organization the Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA).
NYLA's primary intention was to get a fresh take on what tribal college students were passionate about and encourage them to consider NYLA‘s approach which provides tools...
POWERING UP OUR LEADERSHIP WITH SPRING FOODS
Nahme nateetyte kwatat eewa payu atow-
Our Indian foods are very important
“Our foods are our leaders; we follow our foods. Our most important ceremony honors our first foods and up until that point we are preparing for that time, so that we’re ready to honor the foods and we’re ready to gather and process them. Our lives are dependent upon our foods. There is a promise that was made when our people were created; our foods stood up for our life… the salmon, water, roots and berries. In return we made a promise to take care of them. We’re...
Last October, people gathered to share and learn about the wondrous world of plant people by way of, the Dandelion Seed Conference, in Olympia, WA. The event was filled with many seasoned experts sharing a wide array of knowledge. The range of workshops varied from: how to best respect plants and properly harvest to why it is important to honor and acknowledge our ancestors when working with plants. And of course there were lots of hands on, get outside in the woods sharing too!
In my best effort to share the wealth of wisdom received I’d like to offer some highlights, quotes, and tidbits...
This past September, Northwest Indian College’s Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions, hosted its second annual, ‘Our Food is Our Medicine’ gathering at Bastyr University near Seattle, WA.
It was an honor to be in attendance and among so many amazing leaders advocating for our Native foods, traditions and for the health of us all. It was also very special that I got to celebrate this time with some our NYLA community: fellows Johnny Buck, Paul Cline, and Winona Bearchum, co-director Sophia Kizilbash, and advisory council member, David Cournoyer.
On the first day of the gathering...
My Leadership Path:
Discovering the Power of Our Native Foods
(Recipes Below :))
For the last four years I have been on a journey into the great vastness of health and wellness.
I discovered this passion and a way of life at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, CO. In 2009 I connected with the newly emerged, student run organization, Buffalo Council (BC). Our mission statement at that time was: ‘The empowerment of sustainable, subsistence cultures, through traditional foods, health and education.’ Accurate to our namesake we networked with our local and Native communities and brought...
Hello NYLA community.
NYLA members (Mariana and Winona) and I attended a two-day symposium in Seattle, May 1st and 2nd about cultural food practices and ecological knowledge. The symposium celebrated the future plans for Weleb?atxw, a community hall on the University of Washington campus. This longhouse style building will open in 2014. The workshops at the symposium symbolized the work that will be continued at Weleb?atxw.
This inaugural event brought together like-minded people on issues like water rights, treaty rights, environmental protection, indigenous food practice and sovereignty.
Earlier this month I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the ‘The Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge’ symposium held at the University of Washington in Seattle. This extraordinary event held space for Native peoples in the local region to share their knowledge, practices, issues, stories, and (possibly most importantly) celebrate their successes surrounding its theme.
The symposium was uplifting and inspiring, so many amazing Indigenous leaders gathered in one space, it felt like a meeting of Indigenous Food...
This past March, I had an amazing opportunity to learn and gain more experience with Nettles (Urtica dioica). Hosted by Tierra Madre Fund's Ya-howt Food Justice program and the Community Alliance for Global Justice held at the Chief Seattle Club, in downtown Seattle, WA.
This one day workshop offered an opportunity for the urban Native community to come together to share around our traditional foods, paying special focus on one plant that is popping out of the Pacific NW grounds as I write; Nettles.
Native men, women and even a baby gathered from all over the Seattle metro area to the Chief...