Democracy is Indigenous

Connecting Native youth to pathways of civic engagement

The Democracy is Indigenous campaign is dedicated to mobilizing young leaders, aged 11-24, wishing to enhance civic engagement at the local, tribal, state and federal levels. Participants in the campaign benefit from tailored training, a prominent national platform to amplify their initiatives, and micro-grant funding to support the development of their Community Action Projects. By spearheading their own projects, these organizers gain invaluable professional growth opportunities.

What is Civic Engagement

Civic engagement refers to the active participation of individuals in the social, cultural, and political affairs of their community, city, or nation. It involves citizens taking an active role in shaping public policies, making informed decisions, and contributing to the betterment of society. Civic engagement can take various forms, such as voting in elections, participating in community organizations, advocating for social justice issues, volunteering, attending public meetings, or engaging in peaceful protests. It is a fundamental aspect of democracy, as it empowers individuals to have a voice, express their concerns, and work collectively towards positive social change and the common good.

What is Indigenous Democracy

Indigenous democracy refers to the principles, practices, and systems of governance that are rooted in the traditions, values, and cultural frameworks of Indigenous peoples. It encompasses the unique ways in which Indigenous communities exercise self-determination, make decisions, and maintain their own forms of governance. Indigenous democracy is often characterized by collective decision-making, consensus-building, and a strong emphasis on community participation and inclusivity. It recognizes the inherent rights, knowledge, and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples, acknowledging their historical and ongoing struggles for self-governance and the protection of their lands, resources, and cultural heritage. Indigenous democracy seeks to empower Indigenous communities to shape their own futures, uphold their traditional governance systems, and maintain their distinct identities within broader national or international frameworks. It is a vital aspect of Indigenous self-determination and the pursuit of justice, equality, and cultural preservation.

Partner With Us!

CNAY would like to continue fostering and building relationships within communities, bringing valuable training opportunities to Native youth across theUnited States! With a specific focus on youth empowerment, CNAY offers customized Democracy is Indigenous training sessions for a variety of ages (11-24 years). These tailored trainings equip young individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for civic engagement, encouraging them to actively participate in shaping the future of their communities. Training sessions free of charge, and all youth who participate have the opportunity to receive funding for a community action project. Sign up today!


Trainings will be held the FOURTH Friday of every month, unless otherwise specified.

• July 26, 2024 at 6 PM EST. REGISTER

• August 30, 2024 at 6 PM EST. REGISTER

• September 27, 2024 at 6 PM EST. REGISTER

• October 25, 2024 at 6 PM EST. REGISTER

• November 15, 2024 at 6 PM EST. REGISTER

• December 20, 2024 at 6 PM EST. REGISTER

If you have any inquiries or would like to arrange a civic engagement training, outside of the dates above, for the youth in your network, please reach out to Anthony Pochel-Tamez: