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2016 NativeLove Challenge Winners Selected!

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 4.31.18 PMWe heard NativeLove is Respect, Taking Care of One Another, Proud to be Indigenous, Being Comfortable with Who You Are, and Trust.

The 2015 NativeLove Youth Challenge received hundreds of entries; the top five national voted entries were from across Turtle Island.  The winners include Eric Woody (Navajo), Willie BullBear (Lakota), Mark Renville (Lakota) and Nicole Lucero (Navajo). NativeLove Challenge Winners poster

The NativeLove Top Winner is Kristen Butcher from Cahuilla Nation! Kristen is Lakota of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and an enrolled member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Nation in Thermal, California. Faith Morreo, Kristen’s mother shared:

“She (Kristen) serves on her Tribal Youth Council of Torres Martinez.  Kristen is a champion teen jingle dress dancer as well and believes in keeping her traditions and culture alive!  She is learning to speak fluent Desert Cahuilla, as taught by her grandmother, Christina Morreo.  She also is a champion teen bird dancer, of our region in Southern California.  We are so pleased to hear the great news that she won the NativeLove Challenge!”

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Top Winner-Kristen Butcher

Each winner will choose a trip of their choosing from our NativeLove’s Native Pride Events list with flights, hotels and registration fees covered for the winner and an accompanying adult. So far our winners are going to the Denver March Powwow, The Native American Music Awards (NAMMY’s), Washington, DC Cherry Blossom and Museum Tour, Gathering of Nations Powwow, a Shoni Shimmel Atlanta Dream Game. Be on the lookout for additional updates from their trips.

The NativeLove project reached thousands of youth at two national conferences, awareness month tribal events, powwows, community suicide prevention walks and memorials, tribal councils, tribal police, 6 schools: Pine Ridge, SD; Sisseton, SD;, Native LifeLines, Baltimore, MD; Rapid City High’s Ateyapi Program; Chemawa School, OR;, and Emmonak, AK. NativeLove also reached events such as Gathering of Nations; the MT Indian Higher Education Conference, Lakota Arts Festival, SD; National Youth UNITY Conference, DC, as well as visits to the Kaw Nation, OK; Pechanga/Pala and Six Bands of Luiseño Indians, and Seminole, FL.

We continue to work with youth and educators to share in a bright future in communities and continuing NativeLove as healthy love in 2016! Please contact rbalog@niwrc.orghttp://nativelove.niwrc.org or Facebook page for opportunities or more information.

Arctic Village, Alaska


Native love means respect for everything in Gwich’in language and tradition, according to Sarah James, a member of the board of directors of Gwich’in Council International, and a resident of Arctic Village, Alaska.

Alaska is home to 229 federally recognized tribes. Of those tribes operating within some 200 rural Alaska Native villages, only 78 are served by local state law enforcement. Native women in Alaska suffer the highest rates of sexual assault in the United States; an Alaska Native woman is sexually assaulted every 18 hours.

Six Native people living in Alaska — Sam Alexander (Gwich’in), Princess Lucaj (Gwich’in), Allan Hayton (Gwich’in), Jessica Black (Gwich’in), Sarah James (Gwich’in), and David Farley (Omaha) — reflect on the meaning of Native love for a joint project of the Indian Law Resource Center and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. The project is raising awareness about the epidemic levels of violence against Native women and aims to spur dialogue and positive change to help end this crisis and restore safety to Native women.

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