Nikki Pitre Speaks at Netroots Nation Conference

CNAY Staff Nikki Pitre participated in the 2018 Netroots Nation Women’s Pre-Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 1. Women from across the country who are dedicated to seeing women in leadership positions came together to share their stories and empower one another. Nikki participated in a panel discussion for “Next steps for the moment we are in right now: Hear from local and national organizers and leaders about how they are deploying their resources to build coalitions that last, examples of innovative cross-movement building and how to best leverage local presence and representation to advance our issues.” Alongside Nikki was, Yadira Sanchez, Development Director, Mi Familia Vota, Maria Urbina, Political Director, Indivisible, and, Lala Wu, Co-Founder. The panel was moderated by Vanessa Cárdenas, Senior Director, National Outreach, of EMILY’s List. 


Center for Native American Youth Staff Visit NCAI Mid-Year Conference

The National Congress of American Indians hosted their Mid-Year Conference in Kansas City, MO, June 3-6, 2018. During the conference, Amber Richardson, Communications Director, and Nikki Pitre, Program Manager, facilitated NCAI’s Youth Commission tracks. Just under twenty youth from throughout Indian Country participated in the various tracks. CNAY was able to reconnect with the Youth Commission Officers and engage with new Native youth. 


​Fresh Tracks Leaders Unite in Long Beach

Over the weekend of July 13-15, Native youth, along with other young adults from urban and rural communities located across the Pacific Coast came together for the second Fresh Tracks training on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The focus for the three days included cultural sharing, leadership development, and outdoor exploration. 


CNAY co-hosts 3rd Annual Gen-I Native Youth Summer Networking Reception at The George Washington University

On Wednesday, July 18, the third annual Generation Indigenous Native Youth Summer Networking Reception was held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The reception co-hosted by the Center for Native American Youth and The AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy at The George Washington University (CIPP). The event gave Native youth working, interning, and attending programming in the Washington, D.C. the chance to learn from and connect with one another.

Opening remarks were given by CNAY’s founder & Chair U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.), CNAY Executive Director Erik Stegman, and CIPP Director Wendy Helgemo. The keynote speech was given by Sedelta Oosahwee, Senior Program Specialist at the National Education Association. Native youth also participated in a speed networking with local Native professionals following.

Special thanks to our event sponsors – Harvard University Native American Program, Rockefeller Capital Management, NIGA, NACA, AISES, and Hobbs, Straus, Dean, & Walker, LLP.