5 Native Youth Honored as Champions for Change
The Center for Native American Youth honored five amazing Native youth from all over the United States the week of March 10. The five youths, who range in age from 16 to 23, were selected by CNAY for their accomplishments in Indian country. The youths and their chaperones were flown to Washington, D.C. to meet with their respective state leaders and to participate in leadership related activities.
The center’s founder and chairman, former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan held events in Washington, D.C. including youth meetings with Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs Jodi Gillette and the new Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Senator Jon Tester.
“Our Champions of Change program is designed to celebrate the achievements of some Native American youth who are doing important and inspiring work to improve the lives of others,” Dorgan said. “Native American youth have had a more difficult road to travel. Too often they have been left behind by government policies that made grand promises but failed to deliver on education, health care and more. These Champions for Change are making good things happen by their own initiative and we salute them.”
The five youth selected as 2014 Champions for Change are:
Elizabeth Burns, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, 18; hometown: Claremore, Oklahoma
Danielle Finn, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, 23; hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
William Lucero, Lummi Nation, 17; hometown: Ferndale, Washington
Keith Martinez, Oglala Lakota Sioux, 20; hometown: Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Lauren McLester-Davis, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, 16; hometown: De Pere, Wisconsin
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