By Lux Butler
Cronkite News 

Arizona teens share passions with others at White House Tribal Youth Forum


Last updated 12/1/2023 at 9:54am

Lux Butler/Cronkite News

Gabriella Nakai, far right, smiles for a photo at a table with other teens at the White House Tribal Youth Forum in Washington. Nakai was one of two Center for Native American Youth "Champions for Change" from Arizona who were at the forum.

WASHINGTON-Gabriella Nakai said she has tackled the challenges facing Indigenous communities on her own, but that being surrounded by others who share her passion makes the load a little lighter.

"Seeing all of the amazing work that all of these Native national youth leaders are doing pushes me forward and lets me know that when I am the only Native in these spaces people behind me are going to have my back," Nakai said.

She was one of two Arizona "Champions for Change" – along with Fort Apache resident Jovi Williams of the White Mountain Apache-at the third annual White House Tribal Youth For...

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