Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
HOMETOWN: Ellensburg, WA
Autumn advocates for the children affected by the implementation and lack of implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). As a former foster youth and the current guardian of her two younger siblings, she sees ICWA as one of the most important challenges facing youth in Native communities. She has seen how cultural heritage and teachings have allowed Native youth to break the cycle, moving past survival into living and thriving. Autumn will work on a national level as a champion to educate congress and other Native youth about ICWA. Autumn is currently a college senior at Central Washington University.