Share Your Perspective for a Chance to Win Nike Gear Provided by CNAY!

From the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY):

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is calling on Native youth across the country to join our first Generation Indigenous Online Roundtable.  Fill out this brief 5-10 minute survey, share your opinion, win cool stuff. It’s that simple.

Since its launch in 2011, CNAY has traveled to 23 states and connected with more than 5,000 Native youth to better understand their challenges, strengths, and priorities in urban and reservation communities. This is your chance to be part of that conversation.

The Gen-I Online Roundtable is open to Native youth under 25 until September. Everyone who participates will be entered to win one of two full Nike N7 gear packages. Additional prizes will be awarded monthly, including gift cards, t-shirts, and other cool stuff.

We’ll share the results of the survey widely so that Native youth, and those who serve them, can use the information to help raise money and educate their communities. Check out our blog to find more information.

Pull up a chair and join our online roundtable. We can’t wait to hear from you!

The CNAY Team

UM Study Says American Indian Mascots Create Negative Stereotypes

A study recently released by the University of Montana has determined that the use of American Indian mascots causes ‘detrimental societal consequences’. 

Justin Angle, Associate Professor at the University of Montana School of Business Administration, along with researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State, said the study focused on Native American brand imagery.

“The study focuses on the concept of ethnic brand imagery,” Angle said. “It’s commonly used most prominently in American Indian sports mascots. What we set out to do was examine whether or not they actually active and then perpetuate stereotypes in the broader population. That’s a claim that’s been made time and time again by social commentators, yet, until now, has lacked any empirical support.”

Angle explained how the study was conducted.

“We exposed people to an American Indian mascot they were not familiar with, and they then completed what is called an ‘implicit association test’,” he said. “It measures memory and strength of association over various concepts. We found that after exposure to the American Indian mascot, they exhibited a stronger association of American Indians with the concept of being ‘warlike’. This effect was particularly strong in liberals, more so than in conservatives.”

Angle said the concept of being considered ‘warlike’ is negative.

“We definitely see the concept of being ‘warlike’ as a negative stereotype,” he said. “The notion that exposure to these images strengthens these stereotypes I think adds weight to the already compelling social commentary calling for the retirement as such mascots.”

A pretest survey found the Cleveland Indians as the most offensive mascot, while the Atlanta Braves tested as the least offensive.

To watch the video/hear the audio, click here.

Immediate Release: N7 Fund to Provide Funding for Native Youth-Led Sports Programs

From CNAY blog here. An excerpt:

Washington, DC, July 20, 2015 –– As a part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, Nike, Inc. and the N7 Fund has partnered with the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) to extend grant opportunities as a resource for Native youth leaders promoting health and wellness through sport and physical activity in their community. Gen-I is an initiative to help improve the lives of Native youth and to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Gen-I includes new investments and policies to expand educational, employment, and health and social services for Native youth. CNAY, along with the Department of the Interior, have partnered to launch a National Native Youth Network. Through this Network, CNAY has engaged over 2,000 Native youth from across the country in 2015.

. . . .

Native youth can now apply for up to $10,000 in funding for their programs and initiatives through the N7 Fund website. For more information and to apply, please visit

Navajo Times – Page girls back on top, wins fourth state crown

GLENDALE, Ariz. – It wasn’t easy, but the Page girls basketball team collected its fourth state title, the second under head coach Justin Smith on Saturday night.

The Sand Devils chipped away a 10-point deficit in the second half and rode out that momentum to score a hard-fought 56-42 victory over league rival Tuba City at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

The Sand Devils put their depth on display with sophomore guard Natasha Henry scoring the first five points of the half before junior Ashley Dempsey and senior Amber Sloan combined for eight points as Page trailed 36-34 after three quarters.

In the fourth, Page got a big boost from Dempsey as she two treys with her second one spearheading a game-ending 13-2 run.

“I was really nervous but once we started to go on that run I knew that it was ours to win, “ Smith said. “Everyone did what they were supposed to do. We got some big shots from different girls and I thought Ashley Dempsey’s three-point shot was huge.”

Sloan led Page with 23 points, including 12 in the second half.

“I just tried to help my team out,” said Sloan about her production, which included a 16-of-18 effort at the charity line.

“It feels amazing and there is no words to describe it,” she said of closing out her year on a high note. “It’s a relief that we won but it’s nice to know that our hard work paid off.”

For Tuba City, senior Tate Tsingine finished the game with a double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 boards.

For a more in-depth story pick up a copy of Thursday’s Navajo Times.