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WRN Ambassadors Class of 2015-16

The 2015-16 class of WRN Ambassadors are a group of Native youth who are helping to spread positive vibes and create positive change in their communities. How? Whether it be promoting positive health behaviors, hosting events in their community, traveling to different events representing We R Native, or taking part in our monthly challenges, these ambassadors have a story to tell. Check out the 2015-16 class and all of the past WRN Ambassadors.

Zunneh-bah Arrietta Martin

Zunneh-bah Arrietta Martin, Navajo/Modoc, is committed to raising awareness of indigenous and human rights. And now, she will bring her indigenous and human rights mindset to We R Native as an Ambassador. Zunneh-bah’s knowledge of indigenous rights comes from several of her leadership experiences, including as a Food Fellowship Intern with the Navajo Nation Vice President’s Office, attending the US Human Rights Network conference, and at the 6th White House Tribal Nations Conference as a Youth Ambassador representing the Navajo Nation. In addition to these roles, Zunneh-bah also served as her school’s Native American Princess. Through this experience, she gained much knowledge by representing Native youth at several events across the Navajo Nation and the country. It’s this knowledge that Zunneh-bah will bring to We R Native as an Ambassador. Watch out for her and We R Native in the coming months!

William Lucero

William comes to us from the Lummi Nation and although not originally from there; he strives to create positive change in his community. He helped start Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), which is an anti-smoking campaign for Native youth. William wants to share stories of inspiration and encourage Native youth to show them that there are alternative ways to approach difficult problems. He wants to share his experiences throughout life and show his fellow youth, that anything is possible. Along with being a We R Native Youth Ambassador, William is a Champion for Change. A program ran through The Center for Native American Youth that has empowered him to step up and be a leader in his community. It has also given him the opportunity to meet the President of the United States. Be on the lookout for William, as the work he’s doing will come to a community near you.

SuSun Fisher

SuSun Fisher, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, is passionate about working with and for other Native youth. As a We R Native Ambassador, she will bring the knowledge and skills she’s gained as part of other Native youth networks, including her own youth council, UNITY, Gen-I, and CNAY. SuSun will use the leadership skills these activities and others have given her to stand up, speak up, and bring voice to youth in her community in an effort to help them get more involved in community activities. Through her efforts, she hopes to create a support system for other Native youth to build their confidence! To boot, SuSun has been the reigning Miss Siletz for the past three years. As royalty, she has traveled across the US and Canada representing her tribe. And now, she’s here to represent We R Native—look out for SuSun at community events, schools, and conferences near you!

Ambrosia Snapp

Ambrosia Snapp, Burns Paiute, wants to be a catalyst for change across Indian country. She is passionate about bringing change to her community and others in order to help Native youth overcome the challenges and barriers they face every day. Together, she believes Native youth can make positive change. As a We R Native Ambassador, Ambrosia will continue the leadership work she has been doing already, including volunteering at community events, sitting on various committees, tutoring kids, and cultivating her leadership skills at several conferences. In fact, Ambrosia has already begun promoting We R Native and is excited to continue her work doing so over the next year. She wants to help connect Native youth from across the country, knowing that together, everyone can rise stronger and more powerful than ever.

Raymond Sam-Smith

Raymond Sam-Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, is proud to represent his culture and upbringing. Ray will use this to help fellow Native youth in the community of Warm Springs, Oregon. He is now starting to tap into his leadership potential and after a few months of being an ambassador—watch out Indian Country cause he is going to do big things. Raymond enjoys making people laugh and will brighten any room he walks in to. We R Native is excited to see what he has in store and can’t wait for the things to come out of the Warm Springs community.

Cierra Fields

Cierra, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (OK), is one of three Champions from the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. A melanoma cancer survivor, Cierra is a strong advocate in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to promote healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of cancer. She is also big into cultural art and helping preserve her traditions through the making of traditional masks, dresses, and paintings. Cierra possess strong leadership skills and isn’t scared to stand up for what she believes in. For her, being a We R Native Ambassador means giving Native youth a sense of pride and showing them that resources are available and given the opportunity, Native Americans can come together as one. Don’t be surprised if you see Cierra on Capitol Hill in the future.

Kieran Garcia

Kieran Garcia, Nez Perce, is all about doing big things. As a social person who loves helping to get others involved, he is excited to bring We R Native to his community and others. At his school and in his community, you can find Kieran involved in many activities, including as Sergeant of Arms for his 4H group, as a member of the Native Youth Leadership Program at his school, and as a Peer Buddy working with special needs students. He also steps up to help his mom do prevention activities and to get activities going for teen nights on the weekends. And now, Kieran is stepping up as a We R Native Ambassador. Be on the lookout for him over the next year as he and We R Native continue to do big things in Native communities across the country!

Samantha Tappo

Samantha Tappo, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, is the definition of learning from experience. She uses this as fuel to drive her in the direction she is going. She is very involved in her culture and don’t be surprised if you see her on the powwow trail. Fancy dancer by trade, she can also rip it up at the skate park. Her involvement with her culture helps other Native youth to be involved with theirs as well. As part of the WEB leadership group, she showed younger kids at her school how to be involved with different activities and showed them how to adapt to their new surroundings. We R Native is happy to welcome Samantha to the team.