Scholarship: Reaching Out to Native American Youth to Inspire Reading, Writing, And Higher Education

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about their experiences as a member of a Native American community and the culture that inspires them.

The voices that emerge from this program honor the legacy of every Native American who has ever lived. Add your words to the thousands submitted through this project – all writers receive a Certificate of Honor for their submission.

The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s goal of promoting education and creating new opportunities for youth has inspired this essay contest. Partnering with Holland & Knight in this endeavor are the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Indian Education Association.

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Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian educator eNewsletter

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As school begins, we are excited to introduce you to our interactive website called American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges and resources to support bringing Traditional Native American Games into the classroom.

American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges is a website for environmental science, language arts, and social studies classrooms and educators. This rich interactive resource encourages environmental and language arts literacy while addressing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards. By showcasing the environmental challenges of the Lummi (WA), Leech Lake Ojibwe (MN), Campo Kumeyaay (CA), and Akwesasne Mohawk (NY), the website addresses both NGSS and social studies standards by expanding knowledge about Native people’s scientific responses to environmental concerns.