Click here to read about our youth camp in Indian Country Today!

Nineteen Native Junior High and High School students attended NCIA’s Fourth Annual Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Academy held at Ponca State Park on October 25-27.  While at the camp the youth participated in a digital story telling workshop where they worked with a project leader and nine Native counselors to develop self-produced movies about themselves and their identity as Native youth.

The students also worked with Native artist Stacy Brossy to express their self-image through a shoe decorating project, watched a documentary movie about Crazy Horse, learned to throw a tomahawk and got to have fun socializing at a cookout.

The camp was made possible by generous donations from our supporters:

Clare M. Hubbard Foundation
BNSF Railway
University of Nebraska
Six Points Inc.

Click here to view our 2013 Camp Video!

Click here to read about our program in Say Magazine!

Click here to read a Lincoln Journal Star Article about the program.

About the Program

There is a movement today in Indian country for a new generation of young leaders who can act as effective agents of positive change from within their tribal communities.

The Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs advocates the building of leadership skills and higher education for our young people and so has created the Sovereign Native Youth Leadership Program (SNYLP) to train the next generation of tribal community leaders.

The goal of this program is to give Native students the tools and skills to be leaders and servants of their people, and to act as ambassadors to their schools, serving as role models and mentors for other students.  Ultimately, a strong core of educated, committed, community leaders are the most valuable resource a tribal community can possess.  A strong economy, good schools, healthy families, a sense of hope, a sense of future–these do not come from the outside, they do not come from the government in the form of good intentioned programs and grants, they originate from within; they come from the people, leaders with a commitment of service to their communities.