Rodney Strickland Helps Youth Reconnect to Culture & Focus on the Future

For his GEN-I challenge, Rodney Dakota Strickland (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), organized a three-day leadership workshop called Native Youth Seeking Knowledge (NYSK) for 18 Native American students across his county. The program focused on building leadership skills such as public speaking, communication and teamwork, and specific strategies for how they can implement these skills in real-life challenges in their community. 

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Persephone Eastman and Damakota Challenge the Redmen Mascot

Persephone Eastman (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) used her Gen-I Challenge as a platform to mobilize her friends in a youth group called the Damakota and to vocalize her beliefs regarding the ‘Redmen’ mascot of a local school in her area. Persephone paid a visit to the school’s board meeting to speak out against the mascot’s name, school logo, and their homecoming coronation and the overall the psychological impact of stereotypical imagery.  

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Ashkii Hatathlie Connects with Native Youth through Diné Millenials Podcast

Ashkii Hatathlie from the Navajo tribe founded Diné Millennials Today, which he describes as a forum for news, features, and analysis aimed at informing and empowering Diné youth. For his Gen-I Challenge, Ashkii created a Podcast to combine thought-provoking ideas, issues, trend analysis and discussions with Diné youth.  

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