Isabel Coronado

After witnessing the effect of incarceration on Native communities in her home state, Isabel helped create the American Indian Criminal Justice Navigation Council. AICJNC is an initiative of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board that trains successfully reintegrated ex-offenders to help others navigate the criminal justice system. The program includes a special support group, where […]

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Cierra Fields

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. Cierra has served as a member of the National Congress of American Indians’ Youth Cabinet, a United Nations […]

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Nancy Deere-Turney

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 about the importance of culture, and the ways in which culture can be used […]

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Shawna Garza

Shawna grew up in foster care and is working to counter stereotypes of Native American foster youth. By striving to be a mentor and leader in her community, Shawna hopes to inspire other youth to break intergenerational cycles of abuse and addiction. Shawna is a role model to her younger siblings and peers alike, encouraging […]

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