Tele-Native Youth

A collective strength-based approach to reimaging COVID-19 for Native Youth Wellness

Tele-Native Youth

The Coronavirus continues to impact Indian people at a disproportionate rate. Our way of living has been disrupted. As of now, we cannot gather for celebrations, ceremonies, powwows, and other community happenings. In response to this, The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) has created a space for Native American youth to turn to each other virtually. Tele-Native Youth is webinar series with a goal to create support and facilitate resilient-based conversations for Native American youth. 

CNAY hosts Tele-Native Youth webinars bi-weekly for youth to speak with professionals in the field on topics amid COVID-19 such as: Mental Health: Caring for our Medicine, Movement is Medicine: Physical Wellbeing, Music is Medicine, Our Land, Our Places: Connecting to the Outdoors, CNAY Celebrates PRIDE 

CNAY intends on hosting virtual community for Native American youth in this capacity until it is safe for us to come together again. We know that COVID-19 is counterintuitive to our way of being, to access collective coping strategies, and to access the collective strength of our people. Tele-Native Youth uses an empowerment model; supporting Native Youth narrative, increasing skills, knowledge, networks and motivates our viewers. 

For more information about Tele-Native Youth, or to watch previous episodes, visit www.facebook.com/center4native

Tele-Native Youth: Art is Medicine

By: Ruben Littlehead, Northern Cheyenne This webinar included three talented artisans, Del Curfman, Kami Jo Whiteclay, and Aydrain Day, who shared their personal story and inner passions about their artwork. All three artists also spoke about their tribal background and…

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Tele-Native Youth: Indigenizing Higher Education

By: Ruben Littlehead, Northern Cheyenne This webinar included three dynamic Native scholars, Charitie Ropoti (Yup'ik & Sāmoan), Owen Oliver (Quinault (Chinook) & Isleta Pueblo), and Dr. Twyla Baker (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara), all spoke very eloquently and professional about higher…

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Tele-Native Youth: Dancing is Medicine

By: Ruben Littlehead, Northern Cheyenne This webinar included special guests from across the globe, our relatives from New Zealand. I had the honor and privilege to moderate this awesome webinar and ask these five dancers: Cassidy Makiha, Chas Samoa, Fa'asu…

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Decolonizing Democracy

By: Chance Rush, Hidatsa, Arapaho, Dakota, Oneida, & Otoe, Cloudboy Consulting,  LLC This webinar featured a great panel that took 'Decolonizing Democracy' in many different directions and perspectives. I had the privilege to moderate a discussion with Isabel Coronado, Anthony Tamez-Pochel,…

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Music is Medicine Part I

By: Chance Rush, Hidatsa, Arapaho, Dakota, Oneida, & Otoe, Cloudboy Consulting,  LLC This Special Edition of Tele-Native Youth is exactly what our listeners needed. In the hour-long discussion, we talked about the styles of music and what it has done for…

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Our People, Our Places

By: Chance Rush, Hidatsa, Arapaho, Dakota, Oneida, & Otoe, Cloudboy Consulting, LLC On behalf of the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute, I had the privilege to moderate the 5th episode of The Tele-Native Youth Webinar Series. The…

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Indigenous LGBTQ+2S Youth Celebrate Pride

By: Chance Rush, Hidatsa, Arapaho, Dakota, Oneida, & Otoe, Cloudboy Consulting,  LLC I had the privilege to moderate and go into great detail with four amazing guests whom did an outstanding job shedding light on so much information and encouraging…

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Movement is Medicine Part II

By: Chance Rush, Hidatsa, Arapaho, Dakota, Oneida, & Otoe, Cloudboy Consulting,  LLC It was a great honor to moderate Movement is Medicine Part II with Xavier Littlehead, Kimaura/Enahaogwahs Schindler, and Thosh Collins with wife Chelsey Luger. This line up brought…

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Music is Medicine Part I

By: Chance Rush, Hidatsa, Arapaho, Dakota, Oneida, & Otoe, Cloudboy Consulting,  LLC This Special Edition of Tele-Native Youth is exactly what our listeners needed. In the hour-long discussion, we talked about the styles of music and what it has done for…

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Tele-Native Youth Webinar Series

Tele-Native Youth is an ongoing webinar series made by Native youth, for Native youth. Every other Wednesday, you can hear youth speaking with professionals in the field on topics amid COVID-19 such as mental and behavioral health, physical wellbeing, connecting to the outdoors and…

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