Specialization: Youth Empowerment, Governance
Location: Washington, DC
Twitter & Instagram: @NCAIYouth
Mission: To protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights. Secure our traditional laws, cultures, and ways of life for our descendants. To promote a common understanding of the rightful place of tribes in the family of American governments and to improve the quality of life for Native communities and peoples.
Programs and Activities: The National Congress of American Indians holds in high regard the accomplishments, potential, and impact of Native Youth. As an important part of tribal communities, tribal leaders have, for time and immemorial, strived to ensure that youth have the tools and resources to positively impact their communities. In addition to implementing a number of year round, ongoing programs, NCAI strives to support events which bring youth together on a National scare and celebrate youth achievements. We serve youth between the ages of 14-24.
The NCAI Youth Commission is a working body within NCAI as a collective youth voice. The Youth Commission works along-side and serves a resource to tribal leaders and other stakeholders when engaging and developing solutions to challenges facing AI/AN Youth. The Youth Commission collaborates with tribal leaders, the NCAI Executive Committee, and other interested stakeholders in the creation of workshops, conference events, resolutions, white papers, red papers, policy memos, and online content which addresses and provides input from AI/AN Youth in NCAI forums. Among many other things the Youth Commission serves as positive role models of strong character and leadership to AI/AN Youth throughout Indian Country.
For more information:
Ahniwake Rose, Deputy Director
Christian Weaver, Native Youth Program Manager