CNAY Connects with Tribal Leaders, Programs, and Native Youth in California

During the first week of December, CNAY's Erik Stegman traveled to Palm Springs to represent the Center for Native American Youth at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) Tribal Youth Conference and the Office for Victims of Crime's annual Indian Nations Conference. At both events, Erik presented CNAY's findings from youth roundtables, the Gen-I online survey, and CNAY's inaugural State of Native Youth report on Native youth and the justice system. 

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Meet the "Native American Youth: Drawing Strength from Tribal Cultures" Panelists

Nicholas Courtney, Makah Nation and Modoc
Age: 24; Hometown: Auburn, WA  

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​Native American Youth: Drawing Strength from Our Cultures

Every day, Native American youth across the country are taking positive action to accomplish incredible things together. They are drawing on the strength of their tribal cultures to tackle a suicide epidemic 2.5 times the national rate, the serious and disproportionate rate that they are involved in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, and some of the lowest education outcomes in the country, to name a few.  

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