Indigenous Youth Spotlight
Meet Maiyah King (Diné) from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Maiyah is a SONF Alumni member and has participated in two SONF programs in the past: the 2018 Native Collegiate Artist Residency and the Soul of Nations Group Exhibition at Santa Fe Indian Market. We are shining a spotlight on Maiyah to highlight her beautiful poetry and honorable political engagement.
This Spring, Maiyah was featured on PBS’ Speak Out Poetry series where 9 young people of color from New Mexico share 11 poems about social justice, culture, and identity. Maiyah’s poem was entitled, Shower Singer.
Maiyah was also invited as a guest speaker at the New Mexico State Legislature in honor of New Mexico’s Native American Day. The forum was focused on honoring and Protecting the Earth for Future Generations and was lead by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Pueblo Governors and Leaders Proclaim Native American Day Every day. Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache leaders addressed the New Mexico State Legislature with the contributions Native Americans are making to the land of enchantment with Art, Culture, Economic Development, Tourism, and Cultural diversity.
Meet Veronica “Yang” Toledo from New Mexico. Yang is a SONF Alumni member and has been involved in the 2019 Native Collegiate Artist Residency. We first grew to love Yang upon reviewing her video submission for the Residency. After listening to her passion and enthusiasm for life and the prosperity of her people, we knew that the possibilities for Yang would be limitless.
Now that Yang has earned her high school diploma (first-generation high school graduate), she is continuing to serve her community at the local and national level through advocacy. This Spring, Yang helped to push forward the New Mexican Community Solar Act, (House Bill 9).
“Today, I spoke in support of The Community Solar Act, (House Bill 9). The bill passed 8 to 5 and is off to the house committee on appropriations. We need to use mother earth’s resources in a more sustainable way. Speak like no one is listening.. with soul.”
Indigenous Youth Spotlight
Meet Hataaliinez “Hataalii” Wheeler from Arizona. Wheeler is a SONF Alumni member and has been involved in the 2019 Native Collegiate Artist Residency. Wheeler is a natural born and multifaceted creative and our team has had the pleasure of watching his gifts manifest.
Hataalii recently debuted his first album entitled “Banana Boy.” If you are into the alternative country style of music or just want to vibe out to some really great acoustics and vocals, please check out Wheeler’s new project!
Our team’s favorite songs from the album are “The Only Place I’d Be” and “Lazy Cowboy Weekend.”
Every quarter we like to shine a spotlight on some of the exciting work and grassroots efforts of our past youth program attendees. If you would like to be featured in the Indigenous Youth Spotlight section of our next quarterly newsletter please email all news to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Indigenous Youth Spotlight.” Submissions with the most promise may be eligible for merit funding or other small awards.
Instructions: Send an email to email@example.com highlighting exciting current events or special projects that you are working on and think are worth sharing with the world. Be sure to include “Indigenous Youth Spotlight” in the email subject line. Updates don’t have any restrictions and all submissions are welcome.
Requirements: Must be a SONF Alumni member or past program attendee
Deadline: None – applications are accepted on a rolling basis
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