We R Native Ambassadors

Read their stories
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Aalana Bryant

Pį:wa ! (Greetings !) My name is Aalana I am very passionate about the native youth of our generation my goal is to get them focused on having a successful education ! My culture is very important to me and I try to incorporate it in everything I do, I am also a beader, jingle dress dancer and proud member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe !

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Adon Vazquez

Adon, Eastern Band of Cherokee, displays his pride by the role he plays as a youth leader in a program for native youth. Through his role as a We R Native Ambassador, he hope to not only get to know more native youth, but also address problems in other native communities and help overcome those problems. When Adon is not working or in class, you can find him with the high school marching band or on stage with the drama club.

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Alaysia Brewer

Aanii,
Baanaazheway Kwe ndizhnikaaz, makwaa ndoodem, bahweting ndoonjabaa, Anishinaabe ndow.

Hello, myy name is Alaysia Brewer, I am from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and am seventeen years of age. This is my senior year at Sault Area High School. I love the arts: dance, drawing, singing, writing, etc! I aspire to one day be a general surgeon.

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Amanda Laughlin

My name is Amanda, but I am usually called Asmita. I am in the Army National Guard and a certified scuba diver. I enjoy travelling and am currently pursuing a degree as a Nurse Practitioner.

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Amanda Lott

I am enrolled in the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribe of Ft. Belknap, Montana. I grew up in Great Falls and Helena, MT. I attend college at North Idaho College in Coeur D'alene, Idaho and became the president of the American Indian Student Alliance there on campus. We've held events with surrounding Native students, attended the 2015 National Indian Education Conference in Portland, OR and volunteered in our community. We also did a presentation at the University of Idaho about breaking down stereotypes of Indigenous people. It is my passion to share my culture and education with others through breaking down stereotypes of Native People and providing young Native's with the tools they need to succeed. By being a WERNATIVE Ambassador I believe I will gain more experiences with other Native youth that share my values.

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Blake Crook

Hescì (Hello), My Name is Blake Crook I am an 18 year old member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians located in south Alabama. I'm currently working as a youth counselor for our tribes Boys and Girls Club, where I am able to work directly with youth and help create a stronger tomorrow. I am also a recipient of the Daughters of American Revolution Outstanding Work In American History Award.

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Brayden Sonny White

Brayden Sonny White is a St. Regis Mohawk/Mohawks of Akwesasne from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. What inspires Brayden is that he believes that all the youth are capable of great things and he would like to help the youth achieve the opportunities that they’re deserving of. He also serves as a drug and alcohol free role model within his community and through his successes, he has shown the youth what is possible when drugs and alcohol are avoided. Brayden has also been committed to suicide prevention and has taken training in Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK and Asist. Brayden has served in numerous positions as the SLC Aboriginal Advisor, Founder of NASAC, Haudenosaunee Student Alliance Member, Akwesasne Youth Council Representative, WHTNC Presidential Panelist at the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Akwesasne Suicide Coalition Member and Gen-I National Native Youth Network Ambassador. Brayden has been named as a recipient of the 2016 CNAY Champion For Change Award and 2016 UNITY “25 Under 25” Award. Brayden has as well been coaching local youth sports for 5+ years.

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Charmaine Billey

Whether it's traditional ways language or cultural crafts teaching youth is my passion and an accomplishment. As a featured weaver in the northwest Native American Basket Weavers Association, teaching the youth is so enjoyable and makes me feel passionate about the crafts I teach. Working at culture and heritage as a numu apprentice, passing on the language to the younger generation has been a goal. Hope to achieve in the near future with the community.

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Chrissy Jim

I’m a senior in high school and the current Miss Yakama Nation. I am a advocate for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous woman. I am involved in many programs ranging from leadership roles to mentoring youth. On my spear time I weave traditional baskets called Waapus.