Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(Kaden Walksnice) A’o’tsévôhomó’hestôtse (Victory Dance!)

photo credit: Trip Jennings VICTORY DANCE! Ancestral Cheyenne Homelands at Naahéo’hé’e (Otter Creek) are closer to being protected by coal development. Arch Coal is one of the World’s top largest coal producers for the global power generation industries and we have stopped them from mining on Cheyenne lands! On March 10th 2016 Arch Coal released a…

(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) ‘Our Food Is Our Medicine’! Our Inspirations from Northwest Indian College’s Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions

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.…

(Paul Cline) Insight and Inspiration from Food Sovereignty Symposium

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…

(Mariana Harvey) Indigenous Food Super Heroes!

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…

(Mariana Harvey) Ready for Spring! Food Sovereignty in Action

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…