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Native Youth are Medicine

November 24, 2020

The series of events we've recently experienced have taught us that we, as Native people, need to prepare for the many challenges facing this world. Independence and freedom are our continuing aspirations. The truth is that the solutions to today's world problems lie in our diversity. Resilience is embedded in the Native American youth experience and this provides Native Youth with a unique perspective of the world that empowers them to enact change in their communities. In this age of technology, our youth are incredibly well-educated with access to the data and resources needed to effect change. Now is the time to learn from Native youth, amplify their voices, and join Native youth as they work to improve our country and the world. 

From Protests, To the Ballot Box, and Beyond: Building Indigenous Power

November 1, 2020

The 2020 Indigenous Futures Survey is the first ever study, conducted for Indigenous Peoples and led by Indigenous Peoples, aimed at understanding the priorities and needs of Indigenous individuals and communities in the United States. For too long, Indigenous Peoples' voices have been omitted from important conversations, reduced in importance to a mere asterisk on graphs and lumped into an ambiguous category labelled "other". Too often, the goal of research is to learn about Indigenous Peoples. The purpose of the Indigenous Futures Survey is to learn from Indigenous Peoples--how we think about ourselves, what we find important, and what galvanizes us to make change; to give Indigenous Peoples a platform; and to hold politicians, educators, policy makers, and researchers accountable to hear our collective voice and to preclude them from claiming a dearth of data. With 2020 being a national and state election year, the first report from the 2020 Indigenous Futures Study takes a closer look at what motivates voting and political engagement among Indigenous Peoples. We were particularly interested in what issues, experiences, and identities motivate Indigenous People to stand up politically or as the late distinguished Senator John Lewis proclaimed, get in "good trouble." To do this, the report combines statistical findings with quotes from Indigenous People who participated in the survey. What this report clearly reveals is that Indigenous Peoples:Vote and are politically active and engaged in a variety of ways.Feel as though our voices are not being heard, that politicians do not care, and that our individual and community's needs and priorities are not being adequately addressed.Do not trust the U.S. government and are worried about the direction of the country.Prioritize improving mental health, caring for tribal elders, and addressing violence against women, children, girls, and LGBTQ2S+ individuals. 

2018 State of Native Youth Report : Generation Indigenous

November 1, 2018

This year, the focus of the annual State of Native Youth report is on the people, initiatives, and organizations that make up the Gen-I Network. 

Our Identities as Civic Power: The State of Native Youth 2017

November 1, 2017

In this report, we share what we've learned throughout the country from Native youth themselves about the key issues that matter to them, what's being done to tackle their challenges and barriers to success, and some of the innovative ways they're partnering with their communities to build resilience and leadership.  

Drawing Strength From Our Cultures: The State of Native Youth 2016

December 1, 2016

This is the first in a new yearly series of reports we're calling The State of Native Youth. Every year, we will share what we learn through our community meetings, surveys, and other work with Native youth throughout the country. We will also analyze the latest data and indicators of Native youth opportunity and success. Finally, and most important, this report will be a platform to lift up the voice of Native youth advocates and highlight the programs across Indian Country and the rest of the United States that are working to improve their lives. 

Fast Facts: Native American Youth and Indian Country

July 1, 2016

This factsheet provides general information on Native American youth and Indian country. 

NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH 101 - Information on the Historical Context and Current Status of Indian Country and Native American Youth

January 1, 2016

This Native American Youth 101 provides information on the historical context and current status of Indian country. It also highlights a list of Native American youth priorities which includes health promotion, education, and safety and juvenile justice.

Voices of Native Youth Report Volume 4

December 31, 2014

This annual report provides a summary of current perspectives and priorities of Native youth regarding challenges and successes in Indian Country. The purpose of the Voices of Native Youth Report series is to summarize and share what CNAY learns on an annual basis from Native American youth, thereby creating a platform to elevate the youth voices across tribal nation and urban Indian communities. Inviting youth to the table for dialogue guides CNAY's work and ensures that the voices of Native youth are present at the national level in discussions with policymakers, federal and tribal partners, as well as new stakeholders.

Voices of Native Youth Report Volume 3

December 31, 2013

The purpose of the Voices of Native Youth Report series is to summarize and share what CNAY learns on an annual basis from Native American youth, thereby creating a platform to elevate the on-the-ground youth voices across tribal and urban Indian communities. Inviting youth to the table for dialogue guides CNAY's efforts and ensures that the voices of Native youth are present at the national level in discussions with policy-makers, federal and tribal partners, and new stakeholders.

Voices of Native Youth Report Volume 2

January 31, 2013

The Voices of Native Youth Report Volume 2 summarizes the key themes, concerns, and ideas generated from ongoing roundtable conversations with the Center for Native American Youth and young Native Americans from across the nation. The purpose of the report is to help inform Native youth and Indian Country advocates and other key stakeholders about the diverse concerns, priorities, and ideas raised directly by young people in Indian Country. 

Voices of Native Youth Report Volume 1

November 30, 2011

The Center for Native American Youth has held roundtable conversations with over 150 Native American youth (grades 6 through 12) in Alaska, Arizona, Denver, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, DC and Wisconsin. During these roundtables, the Center's staff moderates one-hour conversations with small groups of youth to ask questions about the challenges and successes facing young peopleand their tribal communities. In addition to these roundtables, the Center partnered with the National Congress of American Indians to hold a youth summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June 2011 and with the National Indian Health Board and Healthy Native Communities Partnership to hold a Native Youth Track focused on health and wellness in Anchorage, Alaska in September 2011. The purpose of the Voices of Native Youth Report is to summarize and share what the Center has learned during these roundtables.