National Awareness Day for our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The crisis of missing and murdered Native women and girls is alarming and a tragic reflection of the spectrum of violence committed against Native women and girls. Federal statistics report the murder rate of American Indian women on some reservations is more than ten times the national average. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking […]

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CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board Members Receive UNITY’s 25 Under 25 Award

Washington, D.C., May 04, 2020 – The Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) celebrates with UNITY, Inc. recognizing three members of our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) as recipients of UNITY’s 25 Under 25. This is UNITY’s fourth class in their national recognition program honoring outstanding Native American and Alaskan Native youth leaders. We are thrilled to celebrate the work of our Youth […]

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Why is it important for Native youth to show unity? Why climate change now?

By: Maka Monture-Päki, Tlingit & Mohawk, 2018 Generation Indigenous Movement Builders Fellow The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Why is it on Earth Day we, as the greater […]

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Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives

By: Shaandiin Parrish, Navajo Nation, Miss Navajo Nation On Friday, March 13, 2020, I was in a meeting with the First Lady and the President of the Navajo Nation when suddenly the President stood up abruptly to proceed quickly out of the Stateroom. Instinctively, I followed him. We entered a room full of Navajo Nation […]

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