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WASHINGTON American Indian activism pays off. Almost a year one ago American Indian community came together to protect a sacred site. As the result of their activism, President Obama designated Chimney Rock in southwest Colorado as a national monument, honoring a place rich in beauty, history, and American Indian culture.
The Center for Native American Youth, based at the Aspen Institute, is empowering Native youth in a new campaign: "My Native Voice: Public Lands Conservation and Future Generations."
Through this project Native youth have an opportunity to use their voices to advocate for the protection of more sacred and historical sites for the generations to come.
"This project is a great opportunity for us to elevate the voices of Native American youth in a very important area. Conserving, protecting, and honoring traditional lands is critical to the future of Indian country. We are excited to hear directly from young people about their priorities and examples of leadership to protect public lands for future generations,"
commented Erin Bailey, executive director of the Center for Native American Youth.
This campaign gives Native American youth a chance to share stories about why conserving public lands, which are often home to sacred sites, is important to them and their culture. The Center for Native American Youth invites Native youth to submit their stories in written, or some other art form, with the top three submissions receiving prizes!
Who Can Participate
Native Americans 24 years old and under; Youth across Indian country, with special focus on tribal communities in the West.
Entries will be submitted online via: aspeninstitute.com
Application Deadline: October 18
posted September 17, 2013 10:30 am edt