Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(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…

(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.…

(Kaden Walksnice) 15th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk

On November 29, 1864, Colonel John M. Chivington and over 700 troops from the 1st and 3rd Colorado Calvary and a Company of the 1st Regiment New Mexico Volunteer Calvary attacked and destroyed Chief Black Kettles peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho camped in southeastern Colorado, over 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho were killed and mutilated,…

(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…