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Champion Leads Youth Summit in Northern California
Dahkota Brown, 2013 Champion for Change, hosted the first annual N.E.R.D.S. (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) Youth Gathering at Wilton Miwok Rancheria. CNAY staff, three additional 2013 Champions for Change, and CNAY board memember, Sam McCracken of Nike N7, presented to roughly 100 young people and community members from neighboring tribes during the gathering. The event was a great success and CNAY is very proud of Dahkota’s amazing efforts!
Recognizing 2014 Champions for Change & CNAY 3rd Annual Reception
On March 12, 2014 CNAY will host its 3rd Annual Reception to celebrate our work and recognize our funders, partners, and other support from Indian Country. The reception will take place in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians' Executive Council Winter Session. Senator Byron Dorgan and our team invite you to join us for these exciting events. RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOJ in Phoenix and Visit with Gila River Youth
Advocacy at 2014 UNITY Mid-Year Conference
Highlight Program: The Brother Eagle Project
Staff attended the “Going Local – Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty” event hosted by PolicyLink, which featured a panel of Cabinet secretaries and White House advisors, including Secretary Tom Vilsack of the US Department of Agriculture, Secretary Shaun Donovan of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Secretary Anthony Foxx of the US Department of Transportation. The panel discussed the newly announced Promise Zones, which include the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s tribal service area.
For the fourth year, CNAY is pleased to offer one full tuition and residential scholarship for a Native young person to attend Columbia University’s 2014 Summer Program for High School Students. The three week program is open to all Native students entering high school to their freshman year of college. The application form and a list of required documents can be found here. The deadline to appl y is March 7.
CNAY is still accepting applications for two Policy Fellow positions to support our work in the area of racial equity and bereavement and grief. Click on thisposition description to read more about this opportunity, eligibility, and application process.
OCAL NW CALIFORNIA TRIBES--The Little River is the boarder between the homelands of the Wiyot and Yurok peoples. The Karuk, Hupa, and Tolowa Tribes also remain on their traditional homelands to this day. While sharing a similar cultural framework, each of these Tribes has a wholly distinct Tribal language. The Tolowa lived along the extreme northern coast, from the southwestern corner of Oregon to approximately fifteen miles south of Crescent City. The Yurok lived along the coast, from this point south to just below Trinidad Bay, and up the Klamath River, extending about 45 miles and somewhat past the junction with the Trinity River as well as a short distance south along the Trinity. The Wiyot lived south along the coast from Trinidad past Eureka to Ferndale, encompassing Arcata and Humboldt Bays, the lower Mad River, and the lower Eel River. The Karuk lived on the Klamath above Yurok territory further up river to beyond Happy Camp, and along the Salmon River; the Hupa inhabited the Trinity River just before the junction with the Klamath, especially through the long north-south section called Hoopa Valley and south to Grouse Creek. The Tsnugwe people lived along the Trinity River area from Willow Creek through the Burnt Ranch area. The Chilula and Whilkut were smaller tribes that inhabited warm interior valleys close to Redwood Creek and the Mad River watershed.
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"Native Americans and Juvenile Justice: A Hidden Tragedy,"by Terry L. Cross November/December 2008 issue of Poverty & Race
In the United States in 2008, there are more than 560 federally-recognized American Indian tribes comprising an American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population of approximately 4 million individuals. About half this population lives on reservations, and the others live off-reservation, primarily in urban communities. The AI/AN population is young: 42%â€”almost 2 millionâ€”are under 19 years of age. Twenty percent (800,000) are at riskâ€”60,000 suffer abuse or neglect each year. According to the Youth Violence Research Bulletin, the suicide rate for American Indian juveniles (57 per 1 million) was almost twice the rate for white juveniles and the highest for any race. In addition, 200,000 are believed to suffer from serious emotional disturbances.
American Indian youth are grossly over-represented in state and federal juvenile justice systems and secure confinement. Incarcerated Indian youth are much more likely to be subjected to the harshest treatment in the most restrictive environments and less likely to have received the help they need from other systems. AI/AN youth are 50% more likely than whites to receive the most punitive measures. Pepper spray, restraint and isolation appear to be grossly and disproportionately applied to Indian youth, who have no recourse, no alternatives and few advocates.
In 2003, litigation over conditions in a South Dakota state training school revealed horrible abuses in the use of restraints and isolation, yet little in the way of education or mental health services. Findings also showed that Native youth were significantly over-represented in the lockdown unit and thus subject to the worst abuses. For example, one young girl from the Pine Ridge Reservation had been held in a secure unit within the facility for almost two years, during which time she was placed in four-point restraints while spread-eagled on a cement slab for hours at a time, kept in isolation for days and even weeks, and pepper-sprayed numerous times. This young girl, like many of the females confined at the facility, suffered from significant mental health and substance abuse issues. Due to the lack of appropriate mental health treatment and the harsh conditions in the facility, she resorted to self-harming behavior as a way to draw attention to herself, and like many of the other girls now has scars up and down her arms from cutting herself. Finally, the facility also instituted a rule that penalized Native youth for speaking in their Native language, and several were placed on lockdown status for speaking Lakota to each other.
There is a growing awareness that many tribesâ€™ children and youth are being taken outside the care, custody and control of their families, communities and tribal government, and that many are suffering from extreme physical, mental and emotional abuse in the process.
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