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 !
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.
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.
Hello! My name is Liah. I’m from Window Rock, Arizona. I’m going to be a senior at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach California. I’m 17 years old. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conner is a member of Rosebud Sioux tribe, she is from Fort Thompson, SD on Crow Creek Reservation. She love to be involved in her community and school. Conner was recently a peer mentor at Rural America Initiative for Ateyapi Elementary for the 2016 Summer. She currently participate every year at Black Hills Powwow and Lakota Nation Invitational Handgames tournament. She love to teach kids her Lakota culture and help them understand it as well. As participating every year since starting high school in Safe Halloween at Central High school, and a after school program called Ateyapi.
I am a 24 year old member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska in White Cloud, Kansas. I am currently working at the tribal office as a Social Service Navigator through a grant called Society of Care that provides mental and behavioral health education, prevention, and therapy to Native American youth and their families. I have organized community events through this grant such as a Healthy Lives, Healthy Minds event that focused on maintaining a healthy body as part of having a healthy mental state of mind. Outside of that I do a lot of work at the Boys and Girls Club and also run a weekly youth group there that focuses on self-acceptance, historical trauma, culture, emotional issues, and other topics that matter to the Native American youth today. My passion is working with youth, inside and outside of work, and encouraging them to be active in the community because they are the future.
My name is Danielle RunningHorse I am from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. I am currently a member of the Native American Club at my school, and the Native Hope community striving for the betterment of Natives everywhere. I have a deep passion and love for the Native American culture, and want to share that with other youth so they’ll understand that there are other ways to enjoy life instead of drinking and partying. Also, I’m pretty excited to be apart of this, it’s a new experience and can’t wait to get started.
Danielle Solberg, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Lakota Sioux, is passionate about making a positive change in the community, as well as in the Earth itself. Ever since she was ten, she began volunteering at multiple wildlife centers and retirement homes, along with other volunteer jobs, all while cramming in summer school, sports, band, and other hobbies. With her determination to prove that Native youth can and will make a difference, she graduated high school at age sixteen, is on her way to college, and cannot wait to be a voice for other Native youth to bring them together and make a change.
David Panther Mancina
My Name is David Panther Mancina (Cherokee/Creek) I joined the We R Native Ambassador 16-17 to help make our youth grow in there native roots and make a difference in the their communities. I graduated high in 2013 but my years in high school were awesome because I was 1/10 of Native Americans at school. And I also served in ASB (Associated student body) and was in sports (Football,Wrestling). As a native I taught people about my culture and ways to teach people how to be a better person like my elders taught me. And now that I’m older and out of school I hope to continue to help our native youth and to make them a better person every day. And if anyone needs help just remember “I can do that, you can count on me.”(ASB quote)
Deanie Rosemaria Lucero is of Kiowa, Tarahumara, and Lakota descent and is an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Her Kiowa name is ‘Thah Soy-Yay Aim Goon Mah’ which translates to Dancing-Blue-Star Woman. Her personally given tribal name miraculously correlates well with her Tarahumara surname: Lucero, meaning ‘bright morning star’. Currently, she is a Junior at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS and has obtained her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, working to further her education in Indigenous and American Indian Studies. Deanie loves expressing herself through contemporary and cultural performing arts, as well as helping out her home community in Anadarko, Oklahoma and whoever she comes across in her endeavors. Throughout her 21-year-old life, Deanie has traveled all over the world showcasing and sharing her tribal talents and history. She has an extensive taste for independent music, empowering native women, working with native youth, attending concerts and powwows, and spending time with her loved ones.