NCAI Youth Commission

Established in 1997, the NCAI Youth Commission has been a space for tribal youth to come together and discuss solutions to the unique challenges they face within their communities. The youth commission has served as a space for Indian Country’s young people to stand together, empowered, to inform Indian country’s greater decisions regarding the future. Youth Commission members have often informed NCAI’s general membership on various issues, informing key advocacy decisions. The youth commissioners also provide leadership development opportunities and provides a forum for national native youth networking.

Mission

We, the National Congress of American Indian Youth, unite to serve our peoples concerns and interests by enhancing the spiritual, mental, physical and emotional well-being of tribal youth for a better Native America.

Purpose

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Youth Commission is designed specifically for college and high school students ages 16-23 with an interest in political science, tribal government and Native American legislative and governmental affairs.

The Youth Commission provides a unique perspective on issues relevant to tribal youth. It is to be a resource to NCAI and Tribal Leaders. It is an opportunity to acquire knowledge from NCAI and Tribal Leaders about the organizational processes of NCAI and structure of Tribal Politics. The Commission also serves to enhance leadership skills and cultivate those we may have obtained prior. Most importantly the NCAI Youth Commission is a mechanism for achieving a unified voice for ALL Native American and Alaskan Native youth.


Youth Commission Officers  

Name
Youth Commission
Title
Tribe
Tyler Owens
Co-President
Gila River Indian
Community
Jared Massey
Co-President
White Mountain Apache and Navajo
Cassondra Church
Co-Vice President
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
Brian Weeden
Co-Vice President
Mashpee Wampanoag
David Colbert
Treasurer
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Brian Barlow
Secretary
Cherokee Nation
Mary Guenther
Member-At-Large
Aleut
Michaela Custodio
Member-At-Large Ho-Chunk Nation 
Skyler Daisy
Member-At-Large
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
 Collin Church
Member-At-Large   Pokagon Band of Potwatomi


Youth Sponsorship

NCAI's Youth Commission continues to seek sponsorship to assist with their financial needs. Sponsorships goes towards the funding of our luncheons, receptions, Youth Track Meetings and scholarships.  Any donations will be greatly appreciated!


Support the Youth Commission

If you are interested in donating to the NCAI Youth Commission, please contact our office or mail contributions to:

National Congress of American Indians
NCAI Youth Commission
1516 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 466-7767
Fax: (202) 466-7797