Our Vision is for all Native American youth to lead full and healthy lives, to have equal access to opportunity, and to draw strength from their culture and inspire one another.
DANIELLE FIXICO, 22
CHICKASAW MUSCOGEE CREEK CHOCTAW
A single stick can easily be broken, but multiple sticks bundled together are almost impossible to break. The same can be said for family, an individual person cannot take the weight and pressure of the world alone, but can withstand any storm with the support of family. As Native American people, the relationships we have with our family, whether blood relation or otherwise, make up who we are. Winds will come but the strength of our family is always there to keep us going. The future of our people is bright because of our undeniable strength growing with each generation.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) estimates that in 2016, 22% of AI/ANs lived on reservations or other US Census-defined tribal areas while 60% of AI/ANs lived in metropolitan areas.
“I overcame statistics that said I shouldn’t graduate, and am doing my best to ‘break the cycle’ in other ways too. I want Native youth to know that no matter what their past is, they can turn it around and make something of their future.”