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.
I am a black Cherokee. I feel like I don’t fit in with my indigenous side, and I am ashamed that I don’t know much of the culture. Even so, being a black Cherokee is tough to fit in since most don’t accept them. What should I do to feel more native? What should I do to feel pride on both sides of me?see answer
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