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…

(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…

(Tiffany Bahnimptewa) My Mentor Barbara Poley! Intergenerational Leadership

A major part of our strength as young leaders is our relationships with our elders.  We founded NYLA to create the space to lead and create change in our communities from our traditional values.  In our first year of growth, we asked experienced elders from diverse Tribal Nations to join our Advisory Council.  These Advisory…

(Michelle Sherman) Sharing the Power of My Story: Funders for LGBTQ Issues Grantmakers Retreat

I was honored to have the opportunity to speak at The 2013 Funders for LGBTQ Issues Grantmakers Retreat in Albuquerque NM it was organized by Santa Fe Community Foundation and The Envision fund. We did the opening night for the retreat, we spoke about the issues happening New Mexico among LGBTQ and we were the…