Brandon “Wind In His Hair’ Lucei, Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakama, Umatilla, Northern Cheyenne (OR), is as shy as they come, but once he opens up, you can feel the positive vibes he gives off. Since his freshman year of high school, he’s been involved in the school’s youth leadership group. Alcohol and drugs plague his reservation and he vows to make a change in his community by rallying other Native youth to join his positive movement. One way he expresses himself is through the art of graffiti. Some people have negative perceptions of graffiti, but Brandon knows there can be positive outcomes of this expression of art and he hopes to show people that in his tribal community. He shows his Native Pride by preserving his culture, heritage, and history and is always eager to keep learning.
Cheyenne, Cowlitz (WA), has been involved in her tribal community learning her culture since she was three years old. She recently has been doing the canoe journey for the past four years as well. She also acts as a strong advocate for her tribe by attending National Indian Health Board meetings. Now as an Ambassador for We R Native, Cheyenne will have more resources to help people, while being a positive role model for younger Native Americans in her community. Her supportive personality and caring nature will shine as she makes a difference for the Cowlitz tribe and the surrounding Northwest tribes.
Georgene, Klamath (OR), believes that all native youth can accomplish great things. As a We R Native Youth Ambassador, Georgene will provide support and shared passion to other native youth trying to make a difference in their communities, because it takes one person to have an idea, but a community to make a change. Georgene has served as a section leader in her high school choir, making sure that the girls in her section knew their parts, had their music, and sang out. To do this, she had to listen to and encourage communication between her section and herself. Georgene also volunteers at the Humane Society and her local hospital. She has been dancing at powwows for 5 years and likes to see the different tribes and cultures that powwowing has exposed her to. Watch out for Georgene over the next year as she makes a difference for native youth.
Gloria M. Zuni
Gloria, Isleta Pueblo (NM), was a perfect fit for the Ambassador role, as she already enjoys inspiring her own community of Isleta Pueblo and likes to get people involved. She has been with Project Venture Youth Group for two years now, as well as her tribal language group. In these groups, she has done various projects like planting and gardening around her community. Gloria also helps tribal youth learn and understand how to speak the Tiwa language. She is also a standout athlete at her local school and excels in softball and cross country. Big things will be coming from the Southwest and look for Gloria to be at the forefront of these positive changes.
Lauren McLester Davis
Coming all the way from the Midwest, Lauren, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin (WI), has the opportunity to spread We R Native’s message all the way to the East Coast. She is very passionate for helping children and shows this through her volunteer organization First Book _ Greater Green Bay, in which she co-founded. This volunteer organization has had a huge impact in her community, as well as the Greater Green Bay area, by giving new books to children in need. Lauren shows great leadership skills and is willing to tackle any challenge that is presented to her. She is also a 2014 Champion for Change for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. We look forward to Lauren doing big things and are glad she is a part of the Youth Ambassador team.
Need your eyebrows done? Look no further, Leilani, Muckleshoot (WA), has a passion for doing eyebrows that’ll make you look like a superstar. This is only one way she likes to help her fellow Native youth in a positive manner that makes people feel good about themselves. She is not shy and this trait will help in promoting We R Native at youth conferences and health fairs. Leilani also shows leadership on the basketball court and softball field and uses these two sports to interact with the youth in her community. So whether its getting your eyebrows done, or needing some positive encourage; Leilani will not hesitate to do both.