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.
Senior Program Associate
Tahnee Poafpybitty is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She is a descendant of Chief Little Raven, a Sandcreek Massacre survivor, and Chief Whitewolf. Her Comanche name, given to her by her great grandfather, is Tabetoi meaning Dawn of a New Day/Sunrise. She is a mother of four children residing in the Northern Virginia area, while still keeping her family connected to their cultural ways.
Prior to CNAY, Tahnee worked in Pediatric Ophthalmology and volunteering her time with Running Strong for American Indian Youth as a mentor.
In 2020, Tahnee was recognized as a Dreamstarter by Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota Olympic gold medalist founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth. She was able to start, Native Vision where she provides eye exams and glasses for Native youth on Indian reservations.
Tahnee is honored to be a part of the CNAY team and helping improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American Youth.
"Losing or not having tradition leaves an empty space that gets filled too often with poor choices. If we are listening to our elders, dancing, drumming, hunting, and picking berries, we are not drinking or doing drugs, and our traditions stay strong."