We R Native Ambassadors

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Conner Roubideaux

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.

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Danielle Campbell

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.

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Danielle RunningHorse

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.

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Danielle Solberg

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.

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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)

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Deanie Lucero

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.

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Derek Hopkins

Derek L. Hopkins of the Meherrin Nation is committed to Native youth not only in his home state of North Carolina but across this country. Derek is most passionate about the law and he believes that familiarity with the law can reduce the percentage of arrests of all Natives especially the youth. Derek also believes that cultural is a first priority to leadership and often says "You have to know who you are before you can lead anyone else". Derek is a traveling straight dancer and southern singer, but keeping to his roots he can also be found at Iroquoian social dances and ceremonies.

Desiree Sepulveda

Desiree Sepulveda, 19yrs, Pascua Yaqui, comes to us by way of the great Southwest, but resides in the even greater Pacific Northwest. She possess the strong leadership qualities and she loves to help people. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of culture with her community. Desiree wants the families of her community to take pride in who they are and know that they can truly do great things as Native people. Team work makes dreams work!

Elias Albert-Spencer

Elias Albert-Spencer, 16yrs, Yakama/Nez Perce/Athabaskan, wanted to become a WRN Ambassador to help improve his community through the prevention of drugs. Elias is a natural leader and his "actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more". He hopes to go back to his community, share new ideas and help #ChangeOurWorld