​ CNAY Hosts Filipino Youth Leaders in Washington, D.C.

Twenty-four Filipino youth from Mindanao, the southern region of the Philippines, visited CNAY for our first youth roundtable meeting of Summer 2018. The youth were participants from the U.S. State Department’s Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP).


5/2 Gen-I NOW: Fertile Ground

Hau! Hello! in the Lakota language.
(pronounced how)

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the Fertile Ground Leadership Institute!

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and American Heart Association (AHA) are now accepting applications for the Fertile Ground Leadership Institute. Fertile Ground is a leadership development opportunity in which participants explore food sovereignty, health, and dietary wellness in Indian Country, using traditional Indigenous knowledge.

SMSC and AHA will fully fund 50 Native leaders to participate in the Institute. Participants will be separated into two cohorts of 25, with one cohort meeting in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, June 11-13, and the other cohort meeting in Seattle, August 7-9. Roundtrip airfare, accommodations, meals, and the cost of the training will be fully covered for each admitted participant.

Applications are due Friday, May 9, 2018 at 5PM Central Time. Click here to apply!

Eligibility: Applicants must be:

  • Native American;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • From a tribal, community or nonprofit setting; and
  • Available to participate in the entire training, June 11-13 or August 7-9.

To Apply: Complete the online application, which includes short answer questions about your mission, role, and work.

Questions? Contact shirley@echohawkconsulting.com.



4/25: Gen-I NOW: National Native American Youth Initiative

Ch’ee-la! Hello! in the Siletz language
(pronounced cha-ee-lah)

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the National Native American Youth Initiative Summer Program.

The Association of American Indian Physician’s National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI)is a week-long intensive program that prepares and motivates high school students (ages 16-18) to pursue a career in healthcare or biomedical research. Students take part in lectures, interactive workshops, field trips, and networking with other AI/AN health professionals. The program takes place in Washington, D.C. from June 23 to July 1, 2018. Scholarships cover airfare, lodging, and most meals.

Applications are due April 30, 2018. Click here to apply!

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • Be high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors between the ages of 16 and 18 years old;
  • Have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research; and
  • Commit to participating in every session.

To Apply: Access the application here and include the following materials:

  • A one-page personal statement;
  • Most recent academic transcript (official transcript preferred);
  • One letter of recommendation;
  • The Recommendation Checklist Form;
  • A photograph; and
  • A copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or other tribal affiliation documentation.

Questions? Contact Gary Lankford at (405) 946-7072 or glankford@aaip.org.