Apr 27 Gen-I NOW: Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program!

Created in memory of Jane Wilson Hooper and Colonel Philip L. Hooper, the goal of the Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Assistance Program is to help young, qualified people who love animals pursue a degree at an accredited college or university. Funding from the program is merit-based, and is intended to support students who wish to use their degrees to learn to care for animals.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Technology (Associate of applied Science Degree)
  • Enrolled or soon to be enrolled full-time in a nationally accredited college or university in the United States
  • Enrolled or a descendant of a federally-recognized American Indian tribe
  • Maintain a B average

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Explanation of why you want to become a veterinarian and the animals you’d like to work with
  • Admission letter from university or college
  • Program Plan (map of coursework by terms toward degree completion) if available
  • Tribal Eligibility Certificate
  • Financial Needs Form

All applications must be submitted through the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) website.

The award varies based on level of education.

Click here to learn more information and apply via AIGC’s website.

Via Indianz.com: Nike N7 Fund Seeks Applications to Fund Native Youth Programs

The N7 Fund is expanding grant opportunities to Native youth.The organization, a non-profit arm of Nike, has already been funding health, wellness and sports programs in Indian Country. Through a partnership with the Center for Native American Youth, young Native Americans will be able to secure money for their own initiatives as well.“N7 has allocated resources for Native youth as a part of N7’s commitment to Gen-I,” Sam McCracken, a long-time Nike employee who serves as chairman of the N7 Fund, said in a press release. “We created this opportunity in partnership with the Center for Native American Youth to bring sport and all of its benefits to Gen-I and to create further opportunities for future generations.”Gen-I is the Generation Indigenous initiative that President Barack Obama launched last year to put more attention on issues facing Native youth. As part of that effort, about 1,000 youth attended the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C., on July 9.

Nike and the N7 Fund hosted a reception for attendees after the historic event. That was where McCracken first made the funding announcement.

“Nike N7 represents a positive outlet and brand to many and we are excited about their continued work to support Native youth,” said Erin Bailey, the executive director of the Center for Native American Youth.

Native youth can apply for grants at n7fund.com/apply.

CNAY Scholarship – Columbia University Summer High School Program

The full tuition and residential scholarship for Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students  is offered in partnership by Columbia University’s Secondary School Programs and the Center for Native American Youth. One American Indian/Alaska Native scholar will be selected to attend the program during the 2015 summer in New York City.

Program Details:

Session I: June 28, 2015 – July 18, 2015
Session II: July 20, 2015 – August 08, 2015

CNAY accepts applications for both the Junior-Senior and Freshman-Sophomore Divisions:

  • Junior-Senior Division: Available to students who will enter grades 11 or 12 or first year of college in Fall 2015.
  • Freshman-Sophomore Division: Available to students who will enter grades 9 or 10 in Fall 2015.

Application Details:

Students can submit hard copy applications or apply online by following the following links:

Complete applications include:

  • Application Form, response to “Story of Inspiration” essay prompt;
  • Recommendation form from teacher/professor;
  • High school transcript; and
  • Proof of tribal enrollment or descendancy (includes letter from tribal leader of affiliated tribal nation or leader at urban Indian community).
  • Recommended: High School resume

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015 

For more information, click here to visit the Center for Native American Youth. If you have questions or would like to request additional information, please contact amber.richardson@aspeninstitute.org.

ICT – Making American Indian Children a Priority

Here, and an excerpt:

In June of this year, President Barack Obama and the First Lady visited the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota. This was ya historic visit. He was only the fourth sitting President to visit Indian Country, joining Coolidge in 1927, Roosevelt in 1936, and Clinton in 1999.

The events that have happened since demonstrate that for this President, it wasn’t a routine visit!

In the months after the visit he has made it a priority to reach out to Native American youth searching for ways to improve their lives.

Last week the President announced an initiative called “Generation – Indigenous”, a new initiative including a series of efforts to improve the lives of our youngest First Americans.

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/12/31/making-american-indian-children-priority

Webinar: What Native Youth Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

Representatives from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) are inviting youth to join a webinar/call to learn about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Native youth. Webinar details, instructions to join, and the agenda are provided below:

Webinar Details 
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Webinar Link: http://www.cmsitutrainings.net/Account/Create?ReturnUrl=%2F
Call-In Number: (855) 897-8197

1. Welcome and Opening

  • Raina Thiele, Associate Director, White House Intergovernmental Affairs 
  • Jared Massey, Program Support Assistant, UNITY, Inc. 
  1. Affordable Care Act and Native Youth
  • April Hale and Dawn Coley, National Indian Health Board
  1. ACA and Youth Led Outreach
  • Aaron Payment, Chairman, Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and At Large Member HHS Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee
  • Raina Thiele, Associate Director, White House Intergovernmental Affairs
  1. Question and Answer Session

    5. Closing and Recap
  • Stacey Ecoffey, Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs, HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Issues

For more information visit the Center for Native American Youth website, www.cnay.org or email cnayinfo@aspeninstitute.org

Center for Native American Youth- Invitation: “Native American Youth: Changing the Narrative” featuring Actor Chaske Spencer, 11/19 at 12 PM

Former US Senator Byron Dorgan

And the Center for Native American Youth invite you to attend a public event

“Native American Youth: Changing the Narrative”

With opening remarks from:

Chaske Spencer, Native American Actor, Twilight Saga & Winter in the Blood

in discussion with experts: Jodi Gillette, Standing Rock Sioux, Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs;

Valerie Davidson, Yup’ik, Indian health advocate and parent;

Littlebear Sanchez, Lipan/Mescalero Apache Nation, Native youth.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
One Dupont Circle NW; Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Please RSVP here.

Lunch buffet to be served.

Native American youth are too often overlooked in the national dialogue and continue to be misrepresented by negative, race-based stereotypes. In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, the Center for Native American Youth will highlight priorities for and perspectives on racial equity – including those from young Native people themselves – to inspire policymakers, foundations and other advocates to make Native youth a priority. The panel discussion will be moderated by US Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.) and feature actor Chaske Spencer, a Native youth, and national leaders who are advocating for equity and changing the way the world views tribal nations. A catered lunch will be provided. Please arrive early to serve yourself.

About the Center for Native American Youth
Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan, the Center for Native American Youth is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. The goal is to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American youth, and to foster solutions. Visit www.cnay.org to learn more.