Gen-I Movement Builder Fellow Jarrette Werk Takes Over Gen-I Twitter for #WeAreStillHere Tweet Chat

Recently published public opinion research in the report Reclaiming Native Truth found that Native people are not only absent from K-12 education, mainstream news and pop culture, but that this lack of visibility—more than any other factor—directly undermines public support for Native rights. The report also found that 78% of Americans are ready for a new and more accurate narrative about the first peoples of this land.

On Thursday, October 25 from 1-2pm EST, Native organizations, advocates, and allies partnered to co-host a Twitter chat using the hashtag #WeAreStillHere to call for this much needed narrative change. Participating co-hosting organizations included American Indian College Fund, Center for Native American Youth, Everyday Feminism, IllumiNative,, Indian Country Today, National Indian Child Welfare Association, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Native American Journalists Association, Native American Rights Fund, Native Appropriations, Native News Online, Native Organizers Alliance, NDN Collective, Not Your Mascot, Oneida Nation of New York, A Tribe Called Geek, The Women’s March, and Women’s Media Center.

Gen-I Movement Builder Fellow Jarrette Werk (Aaniih Nakoda) did a Twitter take-over of the Gen-I account to offer his youth perspective on the topic. As a young aspiring journalist, Jarrette is passionate about reclaiming and promoting indigenous narratives in the media. He offered great advice to organizations, particularly in the field of journalism, about including more indigenous writers and photographers in the newsroom. Additionally, Jarrette highlighted some incredible Native filmmakers, artists, and innovators working to make sure indigenous narratives and experiences are being represented.

To take part in the conversation, check out #WeAreStillHere on Twitter or visit the #WeAreStillHere Twitter Moment.  



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MHA Nation Culture is Cool Event

On October 7th, CNAY’s Associate Director Nikki Pitre and Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow Jennifer Peacock visited the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nation’s (MHA) second annual Culture is Cool event in White Shield, North Dakota on the Fort Berthold reservation. CNAY staff facilitated a breakout session focused on the power of personal story for youth. The session allowed participants to reflect on their personal accomplishments, passions, and the strength of storytelling. Nikki Pitre was able to work alongside MHA Education Department Director Dr. Ruth Swaney preparing two of MHA’s Champions for Change , Reilee Lee and Terran Poitra, to speak to their peers about why they are committed to making positive change in their community.

While in North Dakota, Nikki and Jennifer met with many community leaders, educators, and youth. Prior to Culture is Cool, the staff was able to join the President of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Dr. Twyla Baker, and her team for their Watch Party on election night. On their visit, CNAY was also able to meet with the MHA Education Department to discuss their local Champions for Change program. CNAY joined Monte Fox of Casey Family Programs to meet withElbowoods Memorial Health Centers Dr. Monica Taylor-Desir and Dr. Anita Martin to discuss programming focused on suicide prevention. Staff was also given the opportunity to join Monte Fox and share a meal with MHA NationCouncilwoman Monica Mayer, M.D. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the people and partners who made this a meaningful trip!