Native Youth Leadership Alliance

Ryan Dennison

Dine’
  • New Mexico
  • Arts & Media
  • 2013

My vision and goals are to open a co-op venue with community members to host art shows, concerts, produce recording sessions and other multi-media ideas

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Noelani Villa

Kaw
  • Washington
  • Environmental Justice
  • 2013

My life is not my opportunity to waste, it is an opportunity forged by the struggle and sacrifice of those who came before me; it is because of their sacrifice I feel the urgency to “pay it forward.”

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Makai Lewis

Dineh'
  • New Mexico
  • Community Health & Healing
  • 2013

My love for our ways of life, our people, and land comes from my ancestors, and what they fought for so that we could have what is left of our culture and land; and this is where most of my inspiration comes from.

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Alli Moran

Lakota/Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • South Dakota
  • Strengthening Culture & Language
  • 2013

Education is knowledge and knowledge is sacred. I hope to utilize my education by progressing onto law school and to start my own law firm on my reservation that will provide services and opportunities to tribal members.

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Keioshiah Peter

Dine'
  • New Mexico
  • Community Health & Healing
  • 2013

I gather my strength and focus from my close relations, Diné teachings, and also from the concept of water.

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Kaden Walksnice

Northern Cheyenne
  • Montana
  • Strengthening Culture & Language
  • 2013

Currently my personal focus is on Cheyenne History and Cultural Preservation, my educational focus involves subjects around Cultural Resource Preservation.

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Jedadiah Richards

Oglala Lakota
  • South Dakota
  • Arts & Media
  • 2013

With all of the opportunities and networks I’ve been able to gain because of NYLA, I am able to see a brighter future for my community and myself.

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Loretta Grey Cloud

Dakota/Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
  • Montana
  • Community Health & Healing
  • 2013

…I realized all the different types of health disparities American Indians are subjected to. This reignited that spark within me and I realized my passion is to help my people in the realm of oral health.

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