Published November 3, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The power of Los Angeles’ Native American community will be highlighted on Thursday, November 3, at an event hosted by The California Endowment. Advocates and artists, many of whom have taken part in the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, will share their experiences with young people and encourage them to be engaged in their community as voters and future leaders. They will also speak with young people about how they can create healthy positive change in Los Angeles and across the country.
Los Angeles County has 220,000 Native Americans residents, the largest population in any county in the United States. This community has higher than average rates of obesity and diabetes. Community-informed and traditional practices can help address these challenges, but with only one clinic in all of Los Angeles County devoted to culturally appropriate care for Native Americans, many struggle to get the health care they need. Leaders will be encouraging young people to help their community fill this gap and improve local health.
The evening, which is one of LA’s celebrations of Native American Heritage Month, will kick off with a panel conversation featuring Native professionals, youth and elders sharing their insights on education and exploring career pathways, while also staying connected to and contributing to the health and wellness of their community. Following the panel will be an exciting evening of art, musical performances, poetry and dance.
This event will celebrate the health and resilience of Los Angeles’ vibrant Native American community. The evening will begin with a panel discussion on how youth can build futures connected to their heritage. Following the panel, there will be art, music, poetry and dance.
The event is sponsored by The California Endowment and co-planned with local Native American community leaders. The opening panel will include the following participants (tribal affiliations are in parenthesis):
· Raul Garcia (Huichol/Kumeyaay), Executive Director of American Indian Changing Spirits Recovery Program;
· Dr. Carrie Johnson (Dakota Sioux), Clinical Psychologist and Director of Seven Generations Child and Family Services at United American Indian Involvement, Inc.;
· Angela Mooney D’Arcy (Juaneno/Acjachemen), Executive Director and Founder of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples;
· Cheyenne Phoenix (Navajo/Northern Paiute), Facilitator with United Native Youth, Los Angeles (UNYLA), Youth Representative to the American Indian Community Council, and Associated Student Body Cabinet Cultural Affairs Chair at Long Beach City College and
· Quese IMC (Pawnee/Seminole), performer and Water Protector of Standing Rock.
Following the panel, the evening’s performances will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies Temryss Lane (Lummi), a former professional soccer player and current on-air personality on Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and Fox Sports Network (FSN). Performers will include:
· Artson (Tarahumara), poet, emcee, lyricist, wordsmith, breakdancer;
· Quese IMC (Pawnee/Seminole), performer and Water Protector of Standing Rock;
· Votan painting a live wheat paste mural;
· Local dancers; and
· Youth poets.
The California Endowment
1000 North Alameda
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thursday, November 3
5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
6:00 p.m. Networking and Reception
6:30 p.m. Program of art, music, poetry and dance begins
9:00 p.m. Close
Guests can register here to attend the free event.