Cherokee Citizens Included in UNITY’s 25 Under 25 List
Two Cherokee citizens made a national list of emerging young Native American leaders who are making an impact among their tribes. Arizona-based United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. recently released its inaugural “25 Under 25 Native Youth Leadership Awards” class.
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Cherokee citizens Chelsea Wilson, 24, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Nathalie Tomasik, 19, of Tahlequah, will be recognized for their achievements and embodying UNITY’s core mission at the UNITY National Conference starting June 28 in Portland, Oregon.
“We are proud to see multiple Cherokee Nation citizens receive the UNITY award, as it is such a prestigious honor for young leaders across Indian Country,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Both Chelsea and Nathalie deserve this recognition, and they will continue to positively represent the Cherokee people and our values. Earning this honor speaks to their professional promise, civic awareness and leadership capabilities. In a relatively short time, they have both made very real contributions to our tribe and to our larger Native community.”
Wilson, a Tulsa County native, graduated from the University of Denver in 2012 with a degree in political science. She worked in the Cherokee Nation’s government relations office on top federal policy priorities. Wilson wrote congressional testimony, created a voter engagement project and developed a legislative portfolio highlighting economic development, health care and education. Wilson currently works in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant for the Native American Contractors Association.
“It meant the world to be nominated for UNITY’s 25 Under 25. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have an amazing mentor, talented colleagues and a supportive family,” Wilson said. “So much of the work I did at the Cherokee Nation shaped who I am today and why I’m working on Native issues at the national level. I’m deeply honored to be recognized as one of UNITY’s 25 Under 25 and am looking forward to becoming a better leader through the program.”
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