Native Youth Leadership Alliance

Michelle Sherman

Dine'
  • New Mexico
  • Education & Youth Leadership
  • Two Spirit/LGBTQ Equity + Justice Building
  • 2011

I want to strengthen our communities by learning how to support Two-Spirit/LGBTQ Youth and restore how our societies knew how to keep our relationships in balance. Our future generations depend on the wellness of our young people. It is time to take action for our youth.

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Josephine Buck

Yakama/Nooksak/Warm Springs
  • Washington
  • Education & Youth Leadership
  • 2011

I’ve heard and I believe that the next generation is the generation that will bring change to our world, and it is great change. I believe my role in that upcoming change is to provide them with inspiration, knowledge and guidance and then step aside.

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Willy Bass

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
  • Montana
  • Education & Youth Leadership
  • 2011

For my community in Nebraska, one of the visions I’ve had and maintained is the development of a program that acts as a support system for students transitioning from high school to college.

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Tiffany Bahnimptewa

Hopi
  • Arizona
  • Education & Youth Leadership
  • 2011

I hope to create a new program or organization for Hopi youth that serves the entire reservation to provide support, mentoring and leadership skills by combining the best of both our traditional and western methods/teachings.

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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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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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