The Center for Native American Youth releases the We are the Future: A Native Youth Narrative

On June 08, 2021 CNAY released the We are the Future: A Native Youth Narrative which can be read here.

The Indigenous Futures Survey was a collective effort with project partners: the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, Native Organizers Alliance, and IllumiNative. The research was led by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip), University of Michigan; Dr. Arianne Eason, University of California Berkley; J. Doris Dai, University of Washington; Julisa Lopez (Amah Mutsun) University of Michigan; Jamie Yellowtail (Northern Cheyenne and Crow), University of Michigan; Ariana Munoz-Salgado, University of Michigan; and Emma Ward-Griffin, University of California Berkley.

Our collective work was possible with support from tribal communities, grassroots organizations, urban Indian centers, colleges, and youth. As a result, the Indigenous Futures Survey (IFS) is the largest research project ever conducted in Indian Country with participation from over 6,400 Native peoples from across the country, representing 401 tribes.

The report, We Are The Future: A Native Youth Narrative, was made possible with generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Inc., and we thank then for their support; however, the finding and conclusions presented in this report are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the foundation.

The Center for Native American Youth would like to thank youth leaders Isabel CoronadoSam SchimmelAutumn AdamsChristie WildcatShavaughna UnderwoodMikah Carlos, and Owen Oliver. A special thank you to the dedicated CNAY team for their guidance and direction including: Nikki Pitre, Dr. Billie Jo Kipp, Lia LaCour, Cheyenne Brady, Jennifer Peacock, Kendra Becenti, and Kyra Antone.