Tessa Coopchiak


Tessa Coopchiak

Tessa, Traditional Council of Togiak (AK), wants to learn about different cultures and to bring her own culture to others. Tessa is active in Yup’ik dancing, which she will share as a We R Native Youth Ambassador. She has also been a leader at school and was chosen as the captain for her basketball team this past season. As team captain, Tessa was responsible for encouraging her teammates to come to practice and to push themselves at practice and in games. When not dancing or playing ball, Tessa hunts and fishes with her family and friends near the ocean in Alaska. Look out for her over the next year as she uses We R Native to connect Native youth from all over.

I was raised mexican but grew up being told I was a couple drops of yaqui native. I did a DNA test and found out I’m a quarter but no ancestors were registered. What can I do?

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