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Kanyon Stevens

Kanyon, (Salish) , believes in raising awareness for suicide prevention.

One thing I am passionate about is family and helping others . I'm part of the LGBTQ community."

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Keixé Yaxtí / Maka Monture

Keixé Yaxtí / Maka, (Tlingit/Mohawk), believes resiliency and humor are important ways to help Native communities.

"One thing I am passionate about is a world where Indigenous People thrive and are sovereign. . I run a Youth Program called Arctic Youth Ambassadors. A program that brings together diverse youth from across Alaska to serve as ambassadors for their communities and country in building awareness at home and abroad about life in the Arctic. You can visit: akgeo.org/youth-programs/arctic-youth-ambassadors/ for more information."

Maka is also a Gen-I Youth Ambassador, as well as, a National Indian Health Board Health Policy Fellow.

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Kelly McCoy-Adouko

Kelly , (Muscogee Creek Nation) , believes self-drive, commitment, and keep striving/thriving no matter what is the key to success.

"One thing I am passionate about is unifying the Native American race again.. My overall goal is to become a social worker for my tribe and to instill healthier habits for our upcoming generations. By doing this, we can reform and become a stronger race than we already are. Just by showing them healthier alternatives to mental health besides drinking or smoking. Create more activists within Indian reservations and communities. I want to become one of the top social workers not only in my tribe, but as an overall Native American social worker. I will always be striving to bring tribes together as one again and bring everyone together for a healthier race for many generations to come."

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Kesla Fry

Kesla, Confederated Tribes of Colville) , enjoys interacting with people through public speaking.

"One thing I am passionate about is my culture. I am a running start student at Omak Washington. I'm also the secretary for our Colville Youth Council. I love being involved in my youth, the community, my culture, anything I possibly can be involved in. I truly like being involved in what I can be to show other native people that they can make a difference. The past three years I've worked with kids showing them native foods, dance and music. I am also now representing Miss NWIYC."

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Kimberlin Hunt

Kimberlin, (Lumbee Tribe) , is outgoing and ambitious .

"One thing I am passionate about is culture and helping the youth. I am currently in college and I will be obtaining a degree in social work. Upon receiving my degree, I plan on working with Native youth with a focus on suicide prevention."

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Kintv Deere

Kintv, (Muscogee Creek), believes in creativity .

"One thing I am passionate about is my culture. I love capturing the beauty of America through the minds of Native Americans."

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Lanaiya Chavarria

Lanaiya, (Omaha Tribe & Khapo Owingeh), believes in movement and leadership.

"One thing I am passionate about is continuing my Native language . My interests involve participating in my traditional ceremonies, teaching the youth what I know about our language, and learning/understanding the oral traditions that I've learned from the elders before me."

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Lilia Vera

Lilia, (Yakama) , believes in professionalism.

"One thing I am passionate about is speaking up. I have spoken in suicide prevention conferences to share my story. and it has been a while and I would love to get back into that again. Anything I would be willing to help out as much as I can."

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Loryn Moore

Loryn, (Colville Tribe), believes in having authenticity .

"One thing I am passionate about is changing lives . I was Miss NWIYC 2017 and have attended 5 NWIY conferences. I am Vise President of my school on the Colville Rez, President of my Junior class, an honors society student, apart of our schools Native American Club, work for my tribes fish and wild life department each summer, am apart of the Okanogan Youth Counsil, run “girls club” once a week which is a group I started to improve self love, originality, and community leadership amongst young women (and men) in our area and have helped start other branches of girls club in other areas since then, I drive myself and sometimes others 2 hours there and back to the nearest city to my Rez twice a week to play competitive soccer on a club team in Spokane. I plan on playing college level soccer and getting my doctorate in psychology and minoring in nutrition and coming back to our Rez to become a counselor and spread awareness that physical and mental health go hand in hand. I also plan on finding a way to attend Unity this year, running for my youth tribal council and learning how to fancy dance, teach my self how to play the cello, and plan on attending Wenatchee Valley college next year. I know who I am and I want to improve our reservation and advocate for my people in any way I can. I have a strong voice and I intend on using it. Helping others isn’t just my passion it’s my purpose."