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.  



Alec Calac Reflects on White Coat Ceremony

On August 31st, UC San Diego School of Medicine held its 50th annual White Coat ceremony and welcomed 134 students into the medical community in the presence of family, friends, and faculty. Among the newest inductees was a familiar face to CNAY, Gen-I Ambassador Alec Calac (Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians), who is combining his medical training and research expertise to earn an M.D.-Ph.D. dual degree. Here, Alec shares some of his reflections after receiving his first white coat with the Gen-I Network.  


Roman Chavez Turns Rubik's Cubes into Teaching Tools for Youth of Color

Roman Chavez is a proud member of the Santo Domingo Pueblo. He currently lives in Oakland, California, and is a rising high school sophomore. Chavez took the Gen-I Challenge by committing to support youth of color in math – using a Rubik’s cube.