Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(Mariana Harvey & Johnny Buck) Our Foods Are Our Leaders!

POWERING UP OUR LEADERSHIP WITH SPRING FOODS Nahme nateetyte kwatat eewa payu atow– Our Indian foods are very important “Our foods are our leaders; we follow our foods. Our most important ceremony honors our first foods and up until that point we are preparing for that time, so that we’re ready to honor the foods…

(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…

(Tiffany Bahnimptewa) My Mentor Barbara Poley! Intergenerational Leadership

A major part of our strength as young leaders is our relationships with our elders.  We founded NYLA to create the space to lead and create change in our communities from our traditional values.  In our first year of growth, we asked experienced elders from diverse Tribal Nations to join our Advisory Council.  These Advisory…

(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,…