We R Native Ambassadors

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Anaweg Smith

Anaweg, (Cherokee Nation), believes in being very understanding and open to other's and that is important when connecting to other's.

"One thing I am passionate about is helping Indigenous students with mental health and finding themselves through their traditional ways.. I am very involved with tribal politics, so I am informed on a lot of the processes going into our government systems."

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Anona Francis

Anona, (Confederated Tribes of Umatilla), believes in hard work.

"One thing I am passionate about is family. I come from five different tribes. I’m from the Umatilla, Walla Walla, Yakima ,Lagoona Pueblo, and Warm Springs Tribe."

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ArriAnna Henry-Matt

ArriAnna, (Salish), believes in leadership and commitment.

"One thing I am passionate about is culture/language preservation and suicide prevention. I am an active leader within my community. I have planned/organized/hosted a school wide assembly educating and bringing awareness to suicide. Figuring out the strengths and weaknesses to make positive change within the community. I have also started a community garden with my partner. We grew fresh produce for the school and community to provide healthy meals and to assure nobody goes hungry. We took the initiative to educate the youth in our school of healthy produce and how to be earth friendly. I have taken multiple leadership roles in planning conferences. I am the president of the Flathead reservations Nkwucin (one voice) UNITY youth council. These recent two years our group has been asked to lead the youth workshop portion of the Salish conference. I personally took the lead in teaching the youth “language time” where they were taught body parts. I am also currently representing the Kalispel Tribe of Indians as Miss Qlispe (kalispel) 2017-2018. These past two years I have truly dedicated my time to make positive changes within my community."

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Ashten Calistro-Yazzie

Ashten, (Dine'), believes in having pride and confidence.

"One thing I am passionate about is helping people. I'm currently a high school cheerleader and would love to get the Native People's word out."

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Bah Bigman

Bah, (Navajo), believes in compassion and hard-work.

"Yá'át'ééh shi ei Bah Bigman yinishye. Diné asdzaa nishli. Naakai Dine nishli, Taachinii bashishchiin, Taabaha dashicheii, Dzlini'nii dashinali. Biomedical Sciences ei University of Arizona ei iiniishta'.

Hello my name is Bah Bigman. I am a young Navajo woman. My clans are the Mexican Clan, born for Red Streak Running into Water. My maternal clan is the Edge Water and my paternal clan is the Manygoats clan. I am from Big Mountain, Arizona. I am 20 years old. I study Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona.
My educational goals blossomed at a young age from helping my elders, especially from my grandmother. I plan to attend medical school after I graduate with a bachelor's degree in science. I am interested in medicine because today there are hardly any Native American physicians, I only know of two. Additionally, my grandmother herself is a Navajo medicine woman, in our own traditions she helps others who are in need of a spiritual blessing. Knowing only two Native American physicians, I hope to increase the numbers in the future. Being raised and growing up on the Navajo reservation, I only witnessed Navajo people working out of state, leaving their family's behind for months. Our own Native people need a new career path for future generations. Practicing to become a physician will be a lifelong job and it will benefit our Native people with positive acts.
I believe the first step to getting and starting a "good life" is to go to college. However, college is unfortunately not what every older Native person has experienced. It is a new idea being discovered. Yet, during this current time, many Native students are going to school. It is great there are many Native students getting an education because it will benefit them, their families, their community and Native American communities overall."

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Bonita Chavez

Bonita, (Chilkat Tlingit), believes in helping young mothers.

"One thing I am passionate about is support for moms . I believe that the community can use support for young mothers . We could fund raise to provide baby clothes , bottles , diapers etc. Provide information on breastfeeding , formula feeding , correct car seat use, and even have a support group. I also want to help provide and find resources that young mothers can utilize."

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Carl Wewasson

Carl, (Ojibwe), believes in speaking and having a very persuasive charisma.

"One thing I am passionate about is my family and also being a leader and a role model in my community. I excited to join the We R Native team to start creating positive change."

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Cassidy Henderson

Cassidy, (Cherokee Nation), believes in sharing her knowledge.

"One thing I am passionate about is living to the fullest . I currently serve as the VP of Finance, Director of Philanthropy, and Secretary for my sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, I am a member of NASA, Native American Student Association, as well on campus. I have previously served on the Cherokee Nation Youth Tribal Council, I am also involved in stomp dancing."

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Chado Daffron

Chado, (Wichita Tribe), believes in leadership .

"One thing I am passionate about is making a better world. I love being in the Marching Band and I am a percussionist.
I am interested in politics and how Native Americans can become agents of change in the world."