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…

(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…

(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,…

(Jesse Shortbull) Lights! Camera! Action! Movie Time in South Dakota

I had the recent opportunity to go on an awesome adventure in my own backyard of western South Dakota. This adventure was watching a short film that I co-wrote and co-produced coming to life right before my very eyes. From the page to production I saw every aspect of a story coming to life. Believe me its an…

(Johnny Buck) Northwest Area Foundation Spotlight

“In my short life journey thus far, I have developed an interest to create positive and sustainable social change in my community,” said Johnny Buck, a Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) Fellow. A descendent of the Wanapum tribal leader bearing his same name, Johnny Buck grew up near Priest River Dam on the Columbia River…