Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(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…

(Mariana Harvey) Movement Building Across Cultures & Communities

(SFJ program director, Mijo Lee with Mariana Harvey & Johnny Buck) NYLA is blessed to build many partnerships with visionary funders.  These partners take bold steps to support us in our innovative work and we are deeply grateful for these lasting investments.  In this e-newsletter, we are celebrating the unique contributions of the Social Justice…

(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…