Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Northwest Coast Tlingit Haida Youth Chosen As Ambassador

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has concluded its national convention in Sacramento, California. This year, the NCAI established the Youth Ambassador Leadership Program which recognizes the strong leadership skills of Native American youth. "Native youth are collaborating in ways that will benefit all of us in the future, and this program will only enhance the way in which they coordinate their efforts to improve the lives of their peers," said NCAI president Joe Garcia.

One of this year's chosen ambassadors is Marrisa Corpuz, a Northwest Coast Tlingit-Haida freshman at University of Alaska Southeast. "This is a wonderful opportunity for me to reach out to youth on a national level and a personal level. I am very excited to see the issues that we will be dealing wit and to assist in creating solutions," Corpuz said. "I know that I am working with three wonderful Native youth and with the emergence all of our individual strengths we will make a difference and impact on Indian Nations. I can't wait to get out and hear the voices of the Indian youth of America. I can assure you that we will represent Indian Youth across the nation to the best of our capabilities."

Northwest Coast art can be seen at Free Spirit Gallery.

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