Gen-I #OptOutside Call to Action

This month, the Center for Native American Youth in partnership with REI is starting our #OptOutside Call to Action. Meant to help showcase how Native youth interact, use, and view nature and the outdoors, we are asking for your help. Show us how you #OptOutside! With a short video or picture tell us why is nature is important to you, and why it’s important to your culture. We hope this serves as an outlet to be creative and have some fun in the name of Gen-I!  


Red Cloud School Visits Center for Native American Youth

Red Cloud Indian School is a Roman Catholic K-12 school located in Pine Ridge, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Red Cloud, as an affiliate with the Jesuit Schools Network, sends high school students to the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ) held every year in Washington D.C., to learn about social justice issues and advocate for change.


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.  



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