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!


 

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CNAY Goes to Carlisle for the First Ever Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition Conference

October 3, 2018 -  CNAY staff attended the first ever Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition Conference held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The conference brought together leaders from academia, service-providers, and survivors of residential schools to discuss the lasting impacts these school have had on our peoples.  

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Native Youth Autumn Adams Advocates for Foster Care Reform

The Center for Native American Youth partnered with the National Foster Youth Institute to increase Native youth participation in its Congressional Shadow Day program and host a roundtable discussion on Native foster youth issues. The following blog post was contributed by program participant Autumn Adams.   

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Champion for Change EllaMae Looney Presents at ATNI

EllaMae Looney is 17 years old and an enrolled member of the Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakima Nation. This year, she will graduate from Nixyaawii Community School in Pendleton, OR. In the fall, EllaMae will attend University of Oregon on a full scholarship, where she will study linguistics to support more language preservation for her community. 

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