Native Youth Leadership Alliance

Kolette Medicine

Oglala/Hunkpapa/Hokwoujou Lakota
  • South Dakota
  • Education & Youth Leadership
  • Co-Founder

Being one of youngest teachers in my school has provided me with the thoughts of the upcoming generation and because of being raised in a traditional background has woken me up to my own genius as a Lakota Winyan (womyn). 

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Jesse Antoine Shortbull

Oglala Lakota
  • South Dakota
  • Arts & Media
  • Co-Founder

Growing up I was inspired by Lakota storytellers who captivated my sense of imagination and wonder from tales of the mundane to myth and legend I was treated to an oratory thrill ride.

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Steven Pahe Jr

San Carlos Apache/Diné
  • Arizona
  • Education & Youth Leadership
  • Co-Founder

Native Youth Leadership Alliance is my second family in my journey to improve the lives of my people.

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Johnny Buck

Wanapum/Yakama
  • Washington
  • Education & Youth Leadership
  • Strengthening Culture & Language
  • Co-Founder

Johnny’s community work includes the development of a successful Native language program, mentoring youth in fishing and hunting and revitalizing traditional cultural arts.

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Terra Harvey

Diné/Yankton Sioux
  • Arizona
  • Strengthening Culture & Language
  • Co-Founder

Most of my spark has to do with my grandmother. She taught me that family and education are important.

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Jimi La Pointe

Oglala Lakota
  • South Dakota
  • Arts & Media
  • Co-Founder

I am passionate about filmmaking because I love storytelling.  It is an important part of Native tradition and Native values. 

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