We R Native Ambassadors

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Brendan Lazore-McDonald

Brendan, St. Regis Mohawk, would like to help his community and to go on to help other communities.

In the future I plan to go to college to start a non profit to help aid native communities with issues such as high suicide rates, drug and alcohol abuse and other pressing issues in our indigenous communities. As an Ambassador I am able to network with Natives from other reservations that may be interested in interacting with my community in the future. I have heard of things another Youth Ambassador has done for the community such as start cultural camps for the youth. I am very passionate about my culture. Growing up I did not have much exposure to my culture until I decided to go through my Rites of Passage which was started to help guide my Nation's youth on good paths. We call the Rites of Passage, Ohero:ken which in Mohawk translates to "Under The Husk". The corn is used as an analogy for the youth and that you have to pull away that husk to get the corn and that we mature as we lose our husks. This ceremony has brought me into contact with many of the role models I have today. I take every chance I get to share the knowledge I have with others and to acquire more knowledge about mine and others cultures. One personal attribute I feel I have is resiliency. I have overcome many obstacles in my life such as learning about my culture and becoming traditional while being raised in a Catholic family. I have also made it to my third year of fasting in my Rites of Passage, in my first year there were fifteen boys, there are now three of us left. I feel I am seen almost as a leader of my year because I am asked to speak on my years behalf and I am asked questions by the two other boys in my year. When I started in my first year I found my own rides to the longhouse for the Sunday meetings where we learn different things about sexual, mental and physical health and things that will help us on our fasts. We are preparing to fast for three nights and if we achieve this we will go on to fast for four nights next year.

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Brianna Provost

Brianna, Standing Rock, wants to be an influence on her community and to help those who feel as if they may be stuck in their current situation. She wants to build a path for them, and help them.

I am passionate about education....Education is everything! I will bring my leadership skill with me! I consider myself a leader, as I like to show people the way! I like to push people to do their best!

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Carlos Gonzales

Carlos, Bishop Paiute, wants to share the information We R Native has with his community and be a leader to our native communities.

I have been featured on suicide prevention materials and I want to show our youth that we have so much to live for, I believe strongly that culture is prevention and we should promote anti bullying in all our native communities and show respect to our people. I am very caring and involved in our community so I think that is the most important personal attribute I bring to this position

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Carmen Tyler

Carmen, Eastern Shoshone, wants to be an ambassador, to set an example to the upcoming generations.

They need to be led in the right direction, because they are our future. I want to help my community in a positive way, and spread what I did to other communities. I also want to share my cultural knowledge, and be in an organization that helps and betters communities, people, and personal strengths. I want to honor my elders and ancestors in that manner, that is why I wanted to become a We R Native Youth Ambassador. I really love to make people laugh, laughter is the best medicine. I love to tell stories that I made up on the top of my head. I share my humor with my elders in the manor. I'm trying to learn as much as I can before they take that journey. I spend most of my time with them, and I'm very fortunate that they took the time to teach me. I've never done anything like this before, so I plan to share my cultural wisdom. At my school they call me grandma because I'm really intelligent with the culture we have. I have peers come up to me and ask me how Shoshone came to be. That's why I wish to share this personal attribute with you.

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Chasity Williams

Chasity, Colville, wants to gain knowledge about her Native American ethnicity through traveling and meeting Native youth throughout Indian Country.

I would share my knowledge and experiences with the youth in my hometown, and hopefully set a good example and show them that they are capable of doing big things outside of our small community. I am very passionate about sharing my knowledge when I learn new things; whether it be in art, math, sports, etc. I like to spread the knowledge to others to help them learn techniques or tricks that they may have never seen so that they can take it and advance in whatever it is that they're doing. I am a very fast learning person, I am able adapt to mostly any situation and problem solve. I enjoy public speaking and meeting new people. I am also very creative and artistic, so I can come up with fun ideas for events or cool designs for advertisements to promote our cause!

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Christie Wildcat

Christie, Northern Arapaho, would like to be a We R Native Youth Ambassador so she can add to the voice of the native youth and encourage others to find their own voice.

There are a lot of great youth leaders and others who want to give back to their communities and they just need some positive encouragement to take that next step. I want to encourage all Native youth to set your goals high and don't stop until you achieve your goals. Whether it's playing sports, academics, making a change in your community or starting a business, if you work for it, you can achieve it. I would help and work with any youth that would need it. Together we can advocate for a better future for our youth and to someday eradicate the issues that Native youth are facing such as suicide, drug and alcohol use, bullying, dropping out of school and teen pregnancy. I am passionate about educating others about our culture and language. There are many in our community who are not aware of our culture, history and and just who we are as Native people. I make every effort to break the negative stereotypes that the community holds of Native youth and to show others that we are more than a Disney character or a page in a history book. I am also very passionate about building up the youth and giving them opportunity to give back to the community. I feel it's important to involve youth at an early age in community service activities so that they can develop a lifetime commitment to giving back. The one personal attribute that I will bring to the position is open mindedness. I feel that this is important because open mindedness allows for the ideas and opinions of others to be heard, processed and supported without judgement. It seems like nowadays, people are too quick to judge without hearing the whole story and that's why many Native youth feel their voice is lost

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Collin, Navajo, is on a mission to show and prove that there are successful Natives.

I am passionate about physical fitness, strength training, and living an overall healthy lifestyle. One skill I will bring to this position is that I am a certified strength training coach, and a two-time USPA National Champion.

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Collin Church

Collin, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, has seen the work that We R Native has been doing for many years and has been inspired to get involved with the program.

I believe that We R Native has a very strong message they are relaying and that is exactly what the community needs where I am from. So many youth nowadays are being impacted by drugs, alcohol, sex related issues, and cultural identity. As a member of the We R Native team I will utilize my voice to help the youth around me and to provide more opportunities that may arise. I believe as an Ambassador you must also do more than be a voice and actually go out in the community and be an active participant in creating change in the community. As an Ambassador I will be that voice and be that active participant that inspires positive change. I am very passionate about helping others in my community to have healthier outlets in their day to day life rather than the negative alternatives that could follow. It is my goal to provide programs to help youth keep active and engaged in learning their culture while building fellowship with their fellow citizens. My passion however drives deeper and helps me fortify relations with the community and youth allowing me to know what needs to be organized or arranged to really help them as individuals. My skill is my dedication and determination to bring the community together. I am always looking for new and unique ways to get the community together to learn anything from language to S.T.E.M. I believe if you can get a community together then internal relations will build and the community will help each other grow and achieve more.

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Danielle RunningHorse

Danielle, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, feels it's important for Native youth to have a positive role model in their life.

I am very passionate about sharing and promoting cultural awareness. I am very open about sharing culture and feel that the knowledge I have, will have an impact on others lives.