When one is asked about important issues affecting Indian country today and where the work from improvement begins, answers like suicide and bullying prevention, energy efficiency and healthy eating almost always come up. As for where to focus for improving on these, it’s with the youth and President Barack Obama and his administration are encouraging this through Champions of Change.
On December 1, 11 American Indian youth leaders will be honored as Champions of Change for their efforts to help improve the lives of those around them while address issues affecting their communities.
“The ‘Champions of Change’ for Native American youth are here to share their stories and to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference. They are examples of the generation that will build a stronger future for Indian country by continuing to address the challenges facing American Indians and Alaska Natives,” said Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Charlie Galbraith.
The program, created as part of Obama’s Winning the Future initiative highlights a different issue each week and selects groups of Champions across different spectrums working to better their communities.
Here are the Native youth Champions of Change:
- Teressa Baldwin, Native Village of Kiana, Sitka, Alaska
- Morgan Fawcett, Tlingit and Haida, Fort Jones, California
- LeVon Totsohnii Thomas, Navajo, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Madeline Sayet, Mohegan, New York, New York
- Desiree Vea, Native Hawaii, Koloa, Hawaii
- Iko’tsiskimaki “Ekoo” Beck, Blackfeet, Missoula, Montana
- Emmet Yepa, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
- Lorna Her Many Horses, Rosebud, Rosebud, South Dakota
- Tiffany Calabaza, Kewa (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo), Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Cassandra Candice Steele, Pinoleville Pomo Nation, Ukiah, California
Dallas Duplessis, Alaskan Native, Tulalip, Washington