Native Youth Artist Shares Design for Pride Month

CNAY Staff asked Darby Raymond-Overstreet (Diné) to share her work and experience as a young, LGBTQ2S artist. Darby was selected by CNAY as the winner of the Creative Native contest and has her artwork featured on the cover of the 2018 State of Native Youth Report. Check out more of Darby's artwork in her online portfolio here  


6/19 Gen-I NOW: LGTQ2S Resources

During this Pride Month, organizations throughout Indian Country have highlighted resources and opportunities to empower LGBTQ, 2-Spirit youth in our tribal communities. Listed below is a selection of resources and media from organizations meant to support youth in their gender and sexual identities.

Pride Month resources:

  • “Celebrating Our Magic” Toolkit is a culturally-specific resource for American Indian/Alaska Native communities and aims to provide resources for transgender and Two-Spirit youth, their relatives, and their healthcare providers.
  • CNAY Pride Month Blogs - Visit to read stories from LGBTQ+ youth and professionals, including a blog from CNAY Executive Director Erik Stegman. Stay tuned for more posts.
  • Native America Calling - Check out on Friday, June 21, 2019 for a show on Native LGBTQ2 artistic expression featuring youth leaders in the CNAY network.
  • The SMART Project was made for teen guys who are interested in taking charge of their sexual health. It covers topics that are important to gay, bi, and queer teen guys, like navigating sex and romantic relationships, understanding their sexual and gender identities, and connecting with the LGBT Community.
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Contact Joshua Bertalotto at with any questions, concerns, or to share any resources for Native youth.



Pride Month Q&A with CNAY's Erik Stegman

CNAY Staff sat down with Executive Director Erik Stegman to chat about his work with LGBTQ+ youth and his experience as a Native and LGBTQ+ professional. Erik is Carry the Kettle First Nation (Nakoda) and serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Native American Youth. 


Announcing the 2019 CNAY-Columbia Scholars

The Center for Native American Youth, in partnership with Columbia University’s Summer Immersion Program for High School Students, selected Native high school students for full-tuition, residential scholarship to attend a 3-week pre-college program during summer 2019 in New York City.