Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(Ryan Dennison) Conscious Leadership

(Ryan weaving abstract Dine’ rug designs on a fence. Photo credit Darin Tom) Ryan Dennison (Dine’), Upcoming student at Dine’ College Interview by Mariana Harvey Yá’át’ééh, Ryan Dennison éí yinishyé. Hooghan Łání éí nishłí. Ta’neeszahnii bá shíshchíín. Tsénabiłnii éí da shicheii. Kinyaa’áanii éí da shinálí. Na’nízhoozhídi éí shighan. Hello, my name is Ryan Dennison. I…

(Paul Cline) Articulating Visions Through NYLA

(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…

(Mariana Harvey & Johnny Buck) Our Foods Are Our Leaders!

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…

(Mariana Harvey & Sophia Kizilbash) Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians: Taking care of ourselves IS taking care of our communities

Our leadership is not just for the here and now; we lead for long-term generational community change.   As a NYLA community, we are focused on action, but it is action grounded in our values, connected to root causes, and flows from collaborative relationships with each other.  NYLA’s vision is to revive leadership and community change…

(Tiffany Bahnimptewa) Indigenous Language Institute Symposium 2013

This past October I attended the Indigenous Language Institute Symposium 2013.The most impactful part of this experience was seeing how various tribal communities were keeping their indigenous language alive. I saw they were using the old way of teaching (immersion) and new ways utilizing western technology through media and various teaching techniques. Gary ʺLitefootʺ Davis…