Conference Goal: The goal of this conference is provide exposure to career options
and paths to achievements through education for Native American youth in grades 8 –12. UPDATE: Because
we had requests to include 8th graders, we have opened registration to include them this year.
Conference Features: Keynote Presentations è Educational
Workshop topics include: Education, Media, Medical, Dental, Public Service, Vocational Training è
College/Education/Career Exhibit Hall è Club ASU è and more.
Tentative Conference Schedule for Both Days:
Continental Breakfast: 8:00am-9:00am
Opening Ceremonies: 9:00am-9:25am - Keynote Speaker: 9:25am-10: 00am
Workshop 1 Session: 10:10am-11:00am
Workshop 2 Session: 11:10am-12:00pm
Lunch Buffet: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Workshop 3 Session: 1:10pm-2:00pm
Workshop 4 Session 2:10pm-3:00pm
PM Refresher & Afternoon Break: 3:00pm-3:30pm
General/Closing Assembly - Keynote Speaker: 3:35pm-5:00pm
- Thursday Morning - Ryan Wilson Ryan Wilson is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. His family is from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in
South Dakota. Mr. Wilson currently is the President of National Alliance to Save Native
Languages (www.savenativelanguages.org) and past National Indian Education Association President (www.niea.org). Mr. Wilson is a nationally recognized leader in positive Native youth development and
is deeply driven by the need to make our schools better for Native learners.
- Thursday Afternoon - Freddie Johnson, Self Identity. Mr. Johnson is a well known Navajo language and cultural instructor that offers Navajo language and cultural
classes in the Phoenix Area. We are very honored to have him talk to our youth about self identity.
- Friday Morning - Dr.
Lucinda Lewis, Navajo Woman Pediatric Dentist Dr. Lewis was raised in Teesto, Arizona and is a graduate of Winslow High School
and attended the Colorado College for undergraduate,
she graduated in 1987, majoring in Biology. Following C.C., she went on to dental school at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry and graduated in 1992 earning her D.D.S. degree.
Dr. Lewis completed a general practice residency at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma
City in 1993. After several years of practicing as a general dentist, Dr. Lewis returned
to school to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry. In 1997, she completed her Pediatric Dental residency at Harvard University
School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lewis currently has a solo pediatric dental practice in Colorado.
- Friday Afternoon- Crystal
Methamphetamine Presentation by Gila River Community
Police Commander Rey Nejo This presentation will bring to light a very serious issue facing
Indian country today. Mr. Nejo recently presented at the Arizona Indian Education Association August general meeting and we felt this was an important topic to bring to the conference
We are very excited to announce some
of the workshops listed this year:
- Dr. Pauline M. Begay "Language Learning thru Songs"
- LeAndra Bitsie - Pride and Leadership "The Movers and Shakers of Native America"
- Travis Lane "The Pathway to Becoming a Physician and Getting Ready for Rigorous College
- Ryan Wilson "Native American Leadership"
- Lambert Yazzie "Cornstalk; Goal Setting"
Dr. Lucinda Lewis-Etter "Dentistry as a Career Choice"
- Loren Tapahe/Additional Media Presenters "Multi-Media Journalist of the Future" (4
workshop series; TV, Radio, Print, Internet)
- Kimberly Honahnie "Indian Health Service Scholarship Program"
- Pearl Yellowman Cayo & Joshua Tso "Contributing Factors; A Look at where the Achievement
Gap Begins for Native American Students"
- Keith Greer "A Need for Native American Teachers"
Jeff Brown & Ken Shaver "Bureau
of Land Management Fire Program"
Pam Yabeny & Monica Haro "Achieving a College Education; A.C.E. Program"
Laura Matyac & Bo Colbert "Maricopa Hoop of Learning Programs"
Teresa Masayesva,Waylon Pahona, Aldreda Brown,Velia Aguirre "Dream Weavers Do’s
and Don’t’s; Helpful job search tips for teens"
Additional workshops are being added to the schedule.
Exhibitor booths listed this year - additional booths being added:
- Tempe Police/Fire/Public Works
- Northern Arizona University
- Club ASU
- Maricopa A.C.E. Program
- N.A.U. School of Hotel & Management
- Phoenix Indian Center; Adult Learning Center & Native Work Force
Community College; American Indian Center & Education Studies Dept.
- Grand Canyon University
for American Indian Arts; Expanding the circle
College Hoop Learning Program
Tribal Developement Association
Still University; Native American PA Track
- Tohono O’odham Community College
- Additional exhibitors are being added this week.
Registration fee: $95.00 per person (after September 1, 2007)
Attendees will receive a tshirt with registration this year ! please include the size
your requesting on your registration form.
Pre-registration fee: $85.00 per person before September 1, 2007
Registration packet: One conference registration per applicant. Registration application, Youth guideline & agreement form, Chaperone/Guardian guideline & agreement
Meals: Continental Breakfast, Lunch Buffet and PM Refresher is provided both days
Location: Black Canyon Conference Center address is 9440 N. 25th Avenue
~ Phoenix, AZ 85021 Website: www.blackcanyonconferencecenter.com
Parking: Parking is available for all NAYC guests in the main parking lot. Bus parking
Lodging: Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging expenses and arrangements.
Host Hotel’s: (within walking distance of the conference)
Phoenix North Courtyard by Marriott - A very
nice hotel within walking distance !! - 9631 N. Black Canyon Highway - Phoenix,
AZ 85021 - Please reference "AIAC "to receive group rate by calling 1-800-321-2211 or (602) 944-7373 AIEA
special group room rates: Arriving October 17th and departing October 19th, 2007 Single/Queen or
Double/Queen Rooms for $89.00 per night plus tax. Cut off date September 10, 2007.
MainStay Suites by Choice Hotels Intl 9455
N Black Canyon Highway - Phoenix, AZ 85021 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/az244 Please reference "2007 Native American Youth Conference" to receive group rate
by calling (602) 395-0900 Special AIEA Room rate: Single/Double occupancy rate for $79.99 per night plus tax.
Cut off date is October 17, 2007, on availability basis.
Club ASU information:
Lambert Yazzie - Club ASU, Office of Public Affairs Arizona State University P.O. Box 875405 Tempe,
Arizona 85287-5405 phone: (480) 727-9780, fax: (480) 965-9333, email: Lambert.Yazzie@asu.edu