Mvnettvlke Onaya Awards
Jasmine is an active member in her community as a volunteer, she can often be found feeding the homeless Native community, speaking to her church youth group, running errands for the Okmulgee Indian Community, or capturing beautiful images of community events. She has a huge heart and she shares it with youth, elders, and everyone in between.
Louisa encourages wellness through art. She created a program, Heleswn Nakhakv “Art is Medicine”, to encourage others to utilize art as an expressive way to heal and develop mindfulness. This program incorporates Mvskoke and Native American history. Louisa has inspired others, young and old, to try different forms of art or to get back to an art that they lost touch with.
Mahiya has worked over the last year to help youth connect to their culture through a Family History Project with Mvskoke Nation Youth Services. She has enjoyed meeting and engaging the youth from different areas in researching their family. During their research, Mahiya emphasizes how important knowing your family history is for cultural strength and support.
PROMOTING CIVIC DUTY
Brittany educates herself on the many issues facing Indian Country, MMIW, sovereignty, water rights, suicide, etc. and is vocal in educating others. Because of her openness about the challenges she has overcome, youth are encouraged that they can do the same. Brittany also inspires youth to look outside of themselves to identify the challenges that all Native people face and to take action.
Kintv has been awarded posthumously. Kintv always tried to connect her peers with services. She wasn't afraid to ask questions and learn about resources so that she could provide the information to her peers. Kintv herself was a resource to her peers seeking cultural knowledge. She was passionate about the Mvskoke culture and welcomed questions. Kintv inspired the community by the mere way she lived her life.
Vculvlke Mvnettvlke Emvnicv Awards
(Old Who Helps the Young)
Katie is the Youth Advocate for Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Family Violence Prevention Program. She works diligently in our communities to provide resources, teen dating violence awareness and education, and one-on-one advocacy for youth victims of domestic and sexual violence. Katie is reliable and caring. Young people really respond to her. She is an inspiration.
Laurisa works tirelessly to support Native students at the community, tribal and state levels. She has been instrumental in building community partnerships and collaborations for Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s STEP program. She serves on parent committees within her child's school. She is not only an advocate for her child but for all of the children.
Scott is active in promoting health and wellness through his work and personal life. He has worked with Native youth for 20+ years providing diabetes prevention, traditional games, and jump rope workshops. Participants of his workshops are always inspired by his energy and spirit.
Scott is active in promoting health and wellness through his work and personal life. He has worked with Native youth for 20+ years providing diabetes prevention, traditional games, and jump rope workshops. Participants of his workshops are always inspired by his energy and spirit. He promotes wellness in a way that motivates everyone.
PROMOTING CIVIC DUTY
Jordan is active in her communities, both Native and Non-Native, raising awareness of social justice issues and promoting the importance of being politically engaged. She currently serves as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Ambassador for the Tulsa Women’s March and was elected to be the Oklahoma Democratic Congressional Delegate for District 1.
Eddie has worked with and for youth for several years providing resources, training and technical assistance. Over the last few years, Eddie has made is a priority to connect Mvskoke youth with leadership, wellness, and youth engagement activities. His positive and collaborative outlook is an inspiration, Eddie always does what is best to help young people.
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