As the very first class of CNAY Champions for Change, Sarah, Cierra, Vance, Joaquin, and Dahkota have inspired other Native youth to create positive change in tribal and urban Indian communities throughout the United States. .. READ MORE

The 2014 CFCs are five young Native American leaders who are creating positive change for their peers and tribal or urban Indian communities... READ MORE

These five inspiring Native leaders are working diligently to create positive change within their tribal and urban Indian communities. The new class will join 2014 Champions on the CNAY's Youth Advisory Board (/about/youth-advisory-board) to buil.. READ MORE

Brayden, Christie, Noah, Sam and Vanessa are all working within and beyond their tribal communities to educate and support their peers, improve their communities, and positively change the dialogue on young people in Indian Country... READ MORE

CJ, Faith, Mariah, Nancy, and Sam come from diverse tribal communities throughout the United States with unique stories that led them to become the leaders they are today. They possess the skill and passion together to draw strength from their cu.. READ MORE

Southern Ute Indian Tribe / Southern Cheyenne/Caddo Nation
Age:
18
Hometown:
Durango, CO

As a high school student, Noah secured funding from the Billy Mills Dreamstarter program to launch Tribal Adaptive Organization, which uses adaptive sports like wheelchair basketball camps and mono-skiing to address the needs and promote the.. READ MORE

Wilton Miwok
Age:
18
Hometown:
Jackson, CA

Dahkota is a student at Stanford University who understands the importance of education and the need for encouragement from peers, family, community and the school system. Dahkota founded a peer-to-peer study group called NERDS (Native E.. READ MORE

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Age:
21
Hometown:
Claremore, OK

Elizabeth Burns is a student at Rogers State University studying Spanish, English and Political Science. She is passionate about promoting healthy nutrition and obesity prevention. She previously served as the president of the Cherokee Natio.. READ MORE

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Age:
22
Hometown:
Okemah, OK

Nancy is a college senior who started her own initiative focused on cultural preservation called the Youth Enrichment Camp (YEC). For the second year, Nancy will host the camp at a traditional roundhouse on her family’s land to talk to youth abou.. READ MORE

Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
Age:
20
Hometown:
Bowler, WI

Jazmyn founded the Warrior Circle Project as a safe space for youth to support one another through challenges such as sexual violence and suicide ideation. This work earned her recognition as a 2015 CNAY Champion for Change. Jazmyn is now a publ.. READ MORE

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Age:
18
Hometown:
Fort Gibson, OK

Cierra Fields is a two time melanoma survivor. Her work with the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to promote healthy lifestyles across the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma first earned her the title of Champion for Change. .. READ MORE

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Age:
26
Hometown:
Bismarck, ND

Danielle is a hardworking, positive role model for Native American youth. In college, she drove three hours twice a week to teach Head Start students, volunteered as an after school tutor, and served as a dance teacher in her spare time. Through .. READ MORE

Passamaquoddy Tribe
Age:
16
Hometown:
Pleasant Point Perry, ME

CJ’s goal is unity, strength, and healthy partnerships for all. After overcoming the effects of middle-school bullying, CJ poured his energy into fostering positive intergenerational relationships. He led youth in his community to create an event.. READ MORE

Jicarilla Apache Nation & Pueblo of Santa Ana
Age:
27
Hometown:
Denver, CO

Joaquin supports U.S. policy actions to strengthen Indian Nations. He was originally named a Champion for Change in recognition of his passion for increasing access to health care -- and oral health care in particular -- for Native communities. .. READ MORE

Blackfeet Nation
Age:
23
Hometown:
Kalispell, MT

A graduate of Columbia University, Mariah is passionate about food sovereignty and health and wellness. Mariah created, a web-video cooking show that teaches viewers to prepare traditional pre-contact foods for modern, healthy meals. Mariah leads.. READ MORE

Lower Sioux Indian Community
Age:
23
Hometown:
Morton, MN

Vanessa believes that language can be used to heal from historical trauma and has dedicated her life to learning and teaching her languages. Vanessa works with a nonprofit organization called Dakota Wicohan (Dakota Way of Life) as both a youth pa.. READ MORE

Navajo Nation
Age:
17
Hometown:
Coyote Canyon, NM

After losing a friend to suicide, Faith started #codepurple, a social media based suicide prevention campaign, to connect peers going through difficult times with friends and loved ones. As a former World Champion and current competitor in the In.. READ MORE

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Age:
23
Hometown:
Arlee, MT

When he was just 11 years old, Vance’s aunt introduced him to a Salish language camp that would inspire him to become a fluent speaker and get other young people involved. Over the years, Vance worked with tribal departments, organizations and yo.. READ MORE

Lummi Nation
Age:
20
Hometown:
Ferndale, WA

As a senior in high school, William was part of the Lummi Nation’s Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) group. The mission of the group is to inform youth and their parents about the hazards of smoking. Through the use of peer-to-peer education, .. READ MORE

Oglala Lakota Sioux
Age:
23
Hometown:
Pine Ridge, SD

As a college student, Keith Martinez chaired the Youth Advisory Board of Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc. (LCE), an organization dedicated to fighting against poverty and increasing educational resources on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. .. READ MORE

Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin
Age:
19
Hometown:
De Pere, WI

At an early age, Lauren became a reading buddy for younger children at her local bookstore and noticed the lack of books the children had at home. In response to this, she co-founded First Book - Greater Green Bay in 2007, a volunteer organizatio.. READ MORE

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Age:
23
Hometown:
Petoskey, MI

After participating in and learning about youth-led efforts at a National Congress of American Indians conference, Sarah was inspired to develop her tribe's first youth council in 2009. Together with her tribal council, peers, and youth p.. READ MORE

Kenaitze/St. Lawrence Island Siberian Yupik
Age:
17
Hometown:
Seattle,WA

Sam is an Alaska Native youth who spends part of his year as one of only two Native students in his urban Seattle school. The remainder of his year is spent with family in rural Alaskan villages. In Alaska, Sam’s passion for subsistence hunt.. READ MORE

Nooksack Indian Tribe
Age:
18
Hometown:
Bellingham, WA

Hamilton advances culture and promotes healthy lifestyles through traditional sports. After losing his father to suicide, he became an avid Native War Canoe racer and organized his peers for a youth canoe racing team. Hamilton believes that engag.. READ MORE

Navajo Nation
Age:
19
Hometown:
Bethesda, MD

For the past four years, Sam has led the Navajo Nation Service Learning Trip, an effort his family plans and created with his high school in Washington, DC. In collaboration with his school, tribal government, and various agencies and individuals.. READ MORE

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Age:
21
Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN

While a student at Pomona College, Rory founded and directed the Claremont College IndigeNATION Scholars program. IndigeNATION pairs Claremont mentors with Native students at three local high schools to facilitate college readiness sessions, teac.. READ MORE

Yup'ik, Tlingit, Dena'ina
Age:
18
Hometown:
Anchorage, AK

Tatiana is a student at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, majoring in electrical engineering. Over the years, she has served as a "Community Doer" for the First Alaskans Institute, 2017 Earth Ambassador for United National Indian Tribal Y.. READ MORE

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Age:
22
Hometown:
Hogansburg, NY

As a first year college student, Brayden founded Helping Hands, a peer education and mentoring program focused on drug, alcohol and suicide prevention. Through the program, Brayden teaches his tribal community about making positive choices and ho.. READ MORE

Northern Arapaho Tribe
Age:
19
Hometown:
Riverton, WY

Christie’s community is located in a border town where racial tensions run high. To combat negative misperceptions of Native people and promote positive relationships between people of all races, Christie founded the Wind River All-Action Crew, a.. READ MORE

Native Hawaiian
Age:
25
Hometown:
Ewa Beach, HI

Carin Young is the first Native Hawaiian to be named a CNAY Champion for Change. Carin is dedicated to raising awareness of sexual abuse and providing support for survivors. She created an annual event called “Breaking The Silence” which used wat.. READ MORE