Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(Ryan Dennison) Conscious Leadership

(Ryan weaving abstract Dine’ rug designs on a fence. Photo credit Darin Tom) Ryan Dennison (Dine’), Upcoming student at Dine’ College Interview by Mariana Harvey Yá’át’ééh, Ryan Dennison éí yinishyé. Hooghan Łání éí nishłí. Ta’neeszahnii bá shíshchíín. Tsénabiłnii éí da shicheii. Kinyaa’áanii éí da shinálí. Na’nízhoozhídi éí shighan. Hello, my name is Ryan Dennison. I…

(Ray Yazzie) Reflections from ‘Share Your Spark’ Workshop in Rapid City, South Dakota

Seeing the continuity of the partnerships we’ve made and efforts we’ve committed to as a NYLA collective has always followed with feelings of pride and accomplishment. This year at AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Consortium) Conference 2012 in Rapid City, SD, this sense of pride and accomplishment for NYLA was rejuvenated as the room filled…

(David Cournoyer) We Are All Leaders: Reflections on Aaniih Nakoda College Graduation

I was honored to be ‘s graduation speaker on May 10.  The overall theme was that ‘We Are All Leaders.’ Colleges like Sinte Gleska are named after individuals. Aaniih Nakoda College was renamed, in my view, after the entire tribal membership of the Aaniih and Nakoda peoples in recognition of that collective leadership. It was…

(Gay Kingman) Building Native American Leaders – Northwest Area Foundation Partner Spotlight

NYLA is honored to present at the Northwest Area Foundation ‘Grassroots and Groundwork’ conference in June! www.grassrootsandgroundwork.org *Special thanks to Susan Buckles from the Northwest Area Foundation for writing these spotlights. The majority of the population in many Native American communities is under the age of 18, which presents a prime opportunity to capture the…

(Amy Stiffarm) Northwest Area Foundation Spotlight

Amy Stiffarm is not content with the phrase “That’s just the way it is.” The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) Fellow has a vision for change, fueled in part by training and support the program provides. “Before, I never questioned things,” she said. “People would say diabetes and obesity are common health problems for Native…