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Reclaiming the Stage

November 1, 2022

Can changing theater change the world? Join us in a conversation with young Indigenous actors and playwrights who are reimagining Native representation on the stage.

Panelists: Emily Preis (Citizen of the Osage Nation), Isabella Madrigal (Cahuilla and Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Tara Moses (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma). Moderator: DeLanna Studi (Cherokee).

This program was generously supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Indigenous Peoples' Day: Transformative Teaching

October 10, 2022

How is teaching a form of activism? This Indigenous Peoples' Day program highlights Native youth who are incorporating Indigenous voices in K–12 education and promoting inclusive conversations in our nation's classrooms.

Panelists: Charitie Ropati (Native Village of Kongiganak, Alaska), Amy Spotted Wolf (Tohono O'odham/Hidatsa), Kourtney Kawano (Kanaka 'Ōiwi [Native Hawaiian]). Moderator: Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq).

This program was generously supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.

English and Spanish subtitles are available for this program.

Juventud en acción | Día de los Pueblos Indígenas: Enseñanza transformativa

10 de octubre de 2022

¿Cómo puede ser la enseñanza una forma de activismo? El programa del Día de los Pueblos Indígenas pone de relieve a jóvenes indígenas que incorporan voces de los pueblos indígenas en la educación desde el jardín de infantes hasta el 12.° grado y promueven charlas inclusivas en las aulas del país.

Panelistas: Charitie Ropati (Pueblo indígena de Kongiganak, Alaska), Amy Spotted Wolf (tohono o'odham/hidatsa), Kourtney Kawano (kanaka 'ōiwi [indígena hawaiana]). Moderadora: Leilani Sabzalian (alutiiq).

Este programa cuenta con el generoso apoyo de la Fundación Coca-Cola

Subtítulos en inglés y español están disponibles para este programa.

Indigenizing Hip-Hop

August 12, 2022

How are Indigenous youth asserting their sovereignty and dismantling stereotypes through hip-hop? Join us for a conversation with Native youth who meld hip-hop with Indigenous beats and rhymes to construct their own narratives and create social change.

Panelists: Mato Wayuhi (Oglala Lakota), Talon Bazille Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River Lakota/Crow Creek Dakota). Moderator: Kyle T. Mays (Black/Saginaw Chippewa).

This program was generously supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Indigenous Youth Poet Warriors

April 1, 2022

How does poetry inspire change? The language of poetry, chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm, inspires the imagination and evokes an emotional response. Young Indigenous poets use written and spoken word to express their worldviews and advocate for personal and community needs. In celebration of the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke [Creek] Nation), Native youth share how this "poet and champion of justice" has inspired their own writings.

Panelists: jaye simpson (Sapotaweyak Cree Nation), Kinsale Drake (Diné), Sareya Taylor (White Mountain Apache/Diné). Moderator: Kelly Caballero (Tongva).

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Black-Indigenous Youth Advancing Social Justice

October 11, 2021

How are Black-Indigenous youth working to advance social justice? This Indigenous Peoples' Day program highlights youth of blended Black and Native heritage who use art, activism, and policy to advance Black and Indigenous solidarity and affect positive change in their communities.

Panelists: Joy SpearChief-Morris (African American and Kainai Nation [Blood Tribe]), Kyle T. Mays (Black and Saginaw Chippewa), and Autumn Rose Williams (Black and Shinnecock). Moderator: Amber Starks (African American and Muscogee [Creek]).

Environmental Justice in South America

September 16, 2021

How do you make environmental development more just and equitable? Join the museum’s cultural interpreters in a conversation with young Indigenous activists from South America who are combating overexploitation of natural resources and developing more sustainable solutions.

Panelists: Helena Gualinga (Kichwa of Sarayaku), Sydney Males (Kichwa of Otavalo), and Francy Gineth Pacue (Nasa). Moderator: Carrie Gonzalez (Ñuu Savi).

English and Spanish subtitles are available for this program.

Justicia ambiental en Sudamérica

16 de septiembre de 2021

¿Cómo se puede lograr que el desarrollo ambiental sea más justo y equitativo? Únete a los intérpretes culturales del museo en una conversación con jóvenes activistas indígenas de Sudamérica que luchan contra la sobre explotación de los recursos naturales y desarrollan soluciones más sostenibles.

Panelistas: Helena Gualinga (kichwa de Sarayaku), Sydney Males (kichwa de Otavalo) y Francy Gineth Pacue (nasa). Moderadora: Carrie Gonzalez (ñuu savi).

Subtítulos en inglés y español están disponibles para este programa.

Indigenizing Pride

June 17, 2021

How does identity influence activism? Many tribal nations have always recognized multiple genders and those who possess both male and female spirits. Native people who identify as more than one gender or possessing both spirits sometimes refer to themselves as Two Spirit. In celebration of Pride Month, hear from Indigenous youth working in the fields of education, health, cultural heritage, and the arts to amplify Two Spirit and Native LGBTQ+ voices and issues: Ryan Young (Ojibwe), Souksavanh Keovorabouth (Diné [Navajo]) and Naomy Méndez Romero (Zapotec). Moderator: Anthony Bullard (Lumbee).

English and Spanish subtitles are available for this program.

Indigenizando el Orgullo LGBTQ+

17 de junio de 2021

¿Cómo influye la identidad en el activismo? Muchos pueblos indígenas han reconocido a su largo múltiples géneros y aquellos que poseen espíritus masculinos y femeninos. Las personas indígenas que se identifican con más de un género o poseen ambas cualidades a veces se refieren a sí mismas como Dos Espíritus. En celebración del Mes del Orgullo, entérate de jóvenes indígenas que trabajan en los campos de la educación, la salud, el patrimonio cultural y las artes para amplificar las voces y temas de las comunidades de Dos Espíritus y LGBTQ+ indígenas: Ryan Young (ojibwe), Souksavanh Keovorabouth (diné [navajo]) y Naomy Méndez Romero (zapoteca). Moderadoro: Anthony Bullard (lumbee).

Subtítulos en inglés y español están disponibles para este programa.

Ecological Knowledge in Pacific Coastal Communities

May 20, 2021

How can traditional knowledge inform responses to current environmental challenges? Join us in conversation with young Indigenous activists from across the Pacific who are using traditional ecological practices to combat threats to the ocean resources their communities have protected and thrived on for thousands of years: Franceska De Oro (Chamoru/Taotao Tåno Ginen Guåhan), Kammie Tavares (Kanaka ʻŌiwi), ʻQátuw̓as (Gahtuwos) Brown (Haíɫzaqv [Heiltsuk] and Nuučaan̓uɫ [Nuu-chah-nulth]). Moderator: Gabbi Lee (Kanaka ʻŌiwi).

Sustainable Agriculture

April 22–25, 2021

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, join young Indigenous leaders Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), Jack Pashano (Hopi), and Marco Ovando (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes) to discuss the role traditional ecological knowledge plays in their work as farmers and entrepreneurs. With the onset of COVID-19 and the pressing issues of climate change, investing in sustainable agriculture and food production is more important than ever. Native youth are offering innovative alternatives to these challenges and creating a future of farming that will feed generations to come. Moderator: Michaela Pavlat (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians).

This panel was part of the museum's Living Earth Festival, which featured Native experts who work to create innovative, robust, and ecologically sound food systems and agriculture businesses.

This project was made possible through generous support of the Native American Agricultural Fund.

Native Women Making Change

March 18, 2021

What roles do Indigenous women hold in society today that serve both their communities and our society at large? Traditionally, Native women have had significant influence in the social, spiritual, and political lives of Indigenous societies. Though their roles and responsibilities have changed since colonization, they continue to be some of the most influential leaders in tribal governance. Today, Native women serve in state legislatures, the U.S. Congress, and in global leadership roles that work to increase representation and amplify Indigenous voices and causes. Join us in a conversation with two young Native women who are currently working at local and state levels to make change: Aidan Graybill (Wyandot Nation of Kansas), who serves on the executive council of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas, and Christina Haswood (Diné [Navajo]), one of the youngest members in the Kansas State Legislature.

(Re)Telling the American Story

December 17, 2020

The American story has been profoundly shaped by Native Americans, yet the stories told about Native people are often false and almost always incomplete. From Pocahontas and Jamestown to the first Thanksgiving and Plymouth Colony, Indigenous peoples have rarely been the narrators of their own stories. Join us in a conversation with Abigail Peters (Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag/Mi'kmaq), Gisselle Jiménez (Taíno), and Connor Tupponce (Upper Mattaponi/Chickahominy) and learn how Native youth are actively reshaping these narratives today.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty

November 19, 2020

Native food systems and agricultural practices were disrupted upon European settlement and the displacement of Native peoples from their lands. For the last century, new foods introduced by U.S. federal policy were unhealthy and substantially different from traditional diets. The introduction of unhealthy food, combined with uneven quality of and access to medical care, continues to leave many American Indians fighting an uphill battle for their health. Today we see many young people returning to traditional food sources and sustainable ways of living through political action and sustainable practice. This November, for Native American Heritage Month, join us in a conversation with Samuel Lopez (Tohono O'odham), Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee), and Alecia Lennie (Inuvialuit) to learn how these young Native foodies are working to decolonize their diets and restore balance in their bodies and communities.

Indigenous Peoples' Day | Mascots, Monuments, and Memorialization

October 12, 2020

How do our memories of the past inform and influence the current racial and social landscape? As part of the museum's online series Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future, hear from young Native activists who are propelling this conversation and addressing the tension between history, memory, and the current movements happening across America. Panelists include Brook Thompson (Yurok and Karuk), Dylan Baca (White Mountain Apache), Lina Krueck (Oglala Lakota), Julian Brave NoiseCat (Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen and Lil'Wat Nation), and Alberto Correa III (Taíno).

This program also features an introduction by Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian, and a musical performance by hip-hop artist Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota).

Community Healing

September 17, 2020

In the United States, Native Americans experience higher suicide rates than any other racial or ethnic group. Mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness are integral to combating this issue, and Native youth are at the forefront with solutions. Today, Native youth are creating their own community-based programs, resources and advocacy for mental health and overall wellness. Join this conversation moderated by Karis Poafpybitty (Cherokee/Kiowa) with youth panelists Jazmine Wildcat (Northern Arapaho), Marco Ovando (Shoshone-Paiute) and Shavaughna Underwood (Quinault) to learn how Native teens are addressing this issue.

Native Civic Engagement

August 20, 2020

Did you know that the majority of Native Americans did not gain the right to vote until 1970? Even though Native Americans were granted U.S. citizenship in 1924, major restrictions facing Native voters were not eliminated until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and later amendments. Join us in a conversation with Shandiin Herrera (Diné) and Isabel Coronado (Mvskoke Creek) to discuss the continued fight for reform to ensure the right to vote is accessible to everyone.