Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(Katie Swan) Our Foods Are Our Medicine! Muckleshoot Harvest Festival

  I attended Muckleshoot Harvest Festival on October 12th at the Muckleshoot Tribal College.  This was a small event and I attended sessions including two types of medicine making, jam making and lip balm.  The sessions were very well led and through the rich knowledge shared regarding the foods and medicines I learned a lot.…

(Mariana Harvey) Our Ancestors Buried Their Prayers Within Us: Next Generation Retreat @ the Center for Whole Communities

    “Our ancestors buried their prayers within us.” These words of vast wisdom were spoken by Adrienne Brown, one of three facilitators that led the Center for Whole Communities (CWC): Next Generation Retreat. The retreat was set up to build us up; physically, spiritually, emotionally and communally. I had the blessed opportunity to attend…

(Paul Cline) My Summer Harvest and the Importance of Traditional Foods

 I spent this past summer working at North Cascades National Park (in Washington state) where I learned how to propagate some of the most delicious native plants. Propagation is the process to reproduce a plant from seed.  Summer time was also berry season and we collected Cascade huckleberries, service berries, red huckleberries and wild strawberries. …

(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…