Native youth participate in Invisible No More
Native American youth took center stage on May 6 in Los Angeles at the Invisible No More: Native Movement Building Summit & Celebration event sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy. The event, held at the Underground Museum, encouraged deep dialogues about social justice and racial healing issues, which included youth advocacy. A panel discussion entitled “Building Bridges & Dismantling Pipelines” Wisdom from Our Youth” included Ali Moran, Cheyenne River Lakota, with the Native Youth Leadership Alliance, Lacey Jackson, Hoopa, with the True North Organizing Network, Abraham Medina with Santa Ana Boys and Men of Color, and Alonzo Hunt with Black Lives Matter.
The Native youth panelists discussed historical trauma and how acknowledging trauma and engaging in activism was therapeutic. They also discussed how youth activism must involve visioning, which comes with prayer. Lacey Jackson encouraged Native youth in rural areas, where access tosmartphoness and technology may be a challenge, to become involved in youth councils and to build relationships to strengthen grass roots efforts. Her youth council, the Hoopa Valley Youth Council, is affiliated with UNITY .
Members of the San Diego American Indian Health Center Youth Council also attended the event. Advisor Courtney Van Gorden said the youth council plans to affiliate with the National UNITY Council network very soon. They hope to be in attendance at the National UNITY Conference in Denver this summer and hope to play a role in the 2018 National UNITY Conference in San Diego.