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Introducing the 2017 CNAY Champions for Change


The Center for Native American Youth invites you to join us on Tuesday, Feb 14 for the announcement of our fifth class of Champions for Change. This panel discussion will be co-moderated by 2014 Champion and current Miss Indian World Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) and CNAY Executive Director Erik Stegman. CNAY Founder Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.) will offer special remarks, and lunch will be served. RSVP to attend.

Speakers: 2017 Champions for Change

  • CJ Francis, Champion for Change, Passamaquoddy Tribe
  • Faith Holyan, Champion for Change, Navajo Nation
  • Mariah Gladstone, Champion for Change, Blackfeet Nation
  • Nancy Deere-Turney, Champion for Change, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Sam Schimmel, Champion for Change, Kenaitze/St. Lawrence Island Siberian Yupik


  • Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn, Miss Indian World, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
  • Erik Stegman, Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth


  • Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.), United States Senate (D-ND)

More About the 2017 Champions:CJ Francis, Faith Holyan, Mariah Gladstone, Nancy Deere-Turney, and Sam Schimmel are this year’s CNAY Champions for Change—five outstanding Native American youth leading positive change in their tribal communities. They are strengthening intergenerational ties with tribal elders, helping prevent suicide through social media, promoting traditional nutrition and healthy lifestyles, creating culture camps to keep language and traditions strong, and protecting the environment and traditional subsistence ways of life. Click here to learn more

Event information
Tue Feb 14, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
The Aspen Institute
1 Dupont Circle
Washington, DC