2018 Champ Week in Review

February 11-15, 2018 marked the seventh annual “Champ Week”, a time for the newly-named Champions for Change to join the Center for Native American Youth in Washington, DC for a week of advocacy, action, and celebration. 

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Meet the speakers for this year's Champions for Change panel discussion at The Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.

Opening Remarks:  

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CNAY Celebrates Retirement of Offensive Chief Wahoo Mascot

On January 29, Major League Baseball’s Cleveland franchise announced plans to retire its divisive Chief Wahoo mascot from the team’s uniforms in 2019. The Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute (CNAY) recognizes that the misrepresentation of Native peoples through racist imagery, team names and mascots has been a longtime priority for Native youth activists and advocacy groups.  

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Save the Date! Meet the Champions on February 13

Hear the inspiring stories that led Damien, Isabel, Shawna, EllaMae, and Anthony to be named 2018 Champions for Change. Collectively, these five Native American youth leaders are working to connect Native youth with the healing power of tribal lands, reintegrate formerly incarcerated Native Americans, advocate for Native youth in foster care, revitalize Native languages, and eliminate race-based mascots.  

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