This week, NAYA youths Quin Clark, Blackfoot & Cherokee,
Logan Chapman, Seneca Cayuga, Lesly Vera, Mexican Indigenous, and
Davineekaht White Elk, Ute & Blackfoot, four student representatives
from Portland's Native community traveled to Washington, D.C. to
participate in a youth leadership development program. The students
had a chance to meet elected leaders, tour historic sites, visit
colleges in the D.C. area, and attend sessions on a variety of topics
related to governance and youth empowerment. NAYA's Facebook,
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visited the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National
Cemetery and other historic sites, and participated in a model Congress.
Davineekaht White Elk says the trip opened her eyes to the need
for Native American leadership. Seeing a city with so few people
of color serving as elected officials has made her interested in
policy and politics for the first time. "All week I felt like
I was teaching people the Native perspective on things, making them
know we're still here. But that's not enough. I want to make decisions,"
Trips like this one make leadership more accessible for youth
who might not have had the chance. Please support NAYA's work in
developing the next generation of leaders by making
a tax-deductible donation today.
The program, Democracy in Action, was made possible by the Washington
Workshops Foundation and Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation.
We thank them for their investment in Native youth.
Leadership is about making sure your voice is heard, and one
of the easiest ways to do that is to register, and to vote! If you're
a resident of the state of Oregon, you can update your voter registration
on the NAYA
civic engagement website. If you live in another state, you
can update your registration online at the Native
Vote national website.
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