Virtual Workshops

Workshop Category: Health

Workshop Name: Wellness Through Writing 

Workshop Description: This workshop focuses on the importance of expressing oneself through writing as a way to heal and overcome varying struggles, or simply to teach the value of reflection.   

   3 Key Takeaways:

  • Create a safe environment to reflect and heal.
  • Reiterate the importance storytelling in our culture.
  • Learn to freely express oneself in a creative way.

Abby Rush
Tribal Affiliation: MHA - Hidatsa

Abby Lorie Rush is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold. She was born and raised in Oklahoma, and has a great passion for writing and sharing her craft with her people as a method of healing. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. As a published writer, she knows the importance of lifting up the voices of her people and will always do so in her work and in her life.

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Workshop Name: Nurturing Positive Strategies for Managing Stress

Workshop Description: At times it can feel like there's more going on than we can handle: school, work, family problems, etc. In what ways can you stay focused and continue to move forward when feeling overwhelmed? Learn how to take control of stress and use it to find motivation to keep doing the things you love. 

 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how stress and trauma impact your brain.
  • Discover cognitive-behavioral strategies you can use to relieve stress and reduce the impacts of trauma.
  • Consider how to apply such strategies to your daily routines.

Martina Mapatis
Tribal Affiliation: Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Sisters Martina and Hannah Mapatis are members of the Ft. Mojave Tribe. Martina is completing her Junior year at Arcata High School where she's active in dance, Math Club and Interact, is an editor at the school newspaper, and the treasurer of her graduating class. Hannah double majors in Photojournalism and Advertising at the University of Oregon. Their mother, Dr. Barbara Short, is a teacher, counselor, and advocate for the advancement of social emotional learning within the education system.

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Workshop Name: Dance Fitness With Michelle McCauley

Workshop Description: This workshop is an entire 30 minutes of dance fitness including a warm-up, songs, a break down of one choreography to a specific song style. This workshop will give you an example of how a dance fitness class should flow and keep individuals engaged. 

 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Watch and understand what an easy warm-up look like
  • Dance fitness can be done in the safety of your own home
  • You can inspire others through movement, song selection, and charisma

Michelle McCauley
Tribal Affiliation: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

Michelle McCauley (Washoe/Shoshone/Paiute/Quinault) is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Michelle grew up on the Pyramid Lake reservation and currently resides there. She attended head-start through 8th grade on the reservation where she learned her cultural dances by way of elders that came into Natchez school. At age 10 Michelle started playing the clarinet at Natchez and by grade 8, she had earned the honor of being selected as the 1st chair clarinet player for the Washoe County School Honor Band. 

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Workshop Category: Career

Workshop Name: You Are The Next Leader: Why careers in government are important

Workshop Description: Participants will identify and analyze the diversity of leadership in their tribal communities; the way leaders are taking on current challenges; and analyze their future community. The participants will create media message on a governmental challenge.

 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn there are numerous ways of being a leader and enacting long-term, sustainable change in tribal communities and within governance systems. 
  • Consider their role in their community and tribal governance systems as a citizen, leader, and as a future employee. 
  • Understand, and apply, the Native Nation Building Approach to development.

Joan Timeche
Tribal Affiliation: Hopi Tribe
Title: Executive Director
Organization: Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona

•    Davida Delmar (Navajo) is the Senior Program Coordinator of Tribal Services for the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the University of Arizona. She earned a Master in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. 
•    Councilman Alexander Smith is the youngest elected Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes Tribal Executive Board Member ever elected.
•    Joan Timeche (Hopi) is the Executive Director of the Native Nations Institute. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Northern Arizona University. 


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Workshop Title: Elevate Your Voice: How to Contact Your Congressional Leaders

Workshop Description: This workshop focuses on different methods to contact leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives about the issues and topics that are important to your community.

 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to schedule a meeting with your congressional leader in district and in D.C.
  • Learn how to prepare a phone script before calling your congressional leader's office. 
  • Know when in doubt, just send a letter. 

Brittany Habbart
Tribal Affiliation: Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

Graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.A. in history with minors in American Indian studies and political science while leading as president of the Native American and Indigenous People's Cohort. Post-graduation, participated in the Native American and Political Leadership Program and interned for Congresswoman Deb Haaland. After, was selected as a 2019-2020 Wilma Mankiller Fellow and worked on American Indian policy at the National Congress of American Indians. 


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Workshop Title: Your Personal Brand

Workshop Description: This workshop will give insights into developing  a personal brand.

 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn what a Personal Brand is and why it is important
  • Find out how to manage your Personal Brand
  • Get some tips from Corporate Recruiters on presenting your Personal Brand

Steven Bow
Title: Vice President
Organization: Bank of America

Steven is a Vice President at Bank of America and works in Enterprise Diversity Talent Acquisition.  He is a graduate of Brown University.  His colleague Tia Barrett co-presents with him in this video.


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Workshop Category: Culture

Workshop Category: Other- Native Youth and Youth Advisors

Workshop Title: Best Practices on Developing a Virtual Youth Council and Building Youth-led Resiliency 

Workshop Description: The session will focus on key best practices of developing and sustaining a virtual Youth Council, based on the National Council of Urban Indian Health's work. Additionally, strategies to build youth-led resilience will be covered, along with providing online youth-based mental health resources.  

3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn best practices on how to develop a virtual youth council and their benefit for native communities. 
  • Understand how to build resiliency among Native youth peers, maintain wellness and be culturally connected during COVID-19.
  • Understand Mental Health resources for youth that can be shared.


Sebouh Kouyoumjian
Title: Public Health Associate 
Organization: National Council of Urban Indian Health

Sebouh Kouyoumjian is an experienced development and public health professional with over 5 years in specialized experience focusing on mental health, trauma-informed-care, infectious disease, substance abuse, and medical health policy/advocacy for underserved and American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) populations. As a Health Service Management Analyst at the University of San Francisco, Mr. Kouyoumjian conducted qualitative and quantitative research, community health assessments, health policy analysis, and program development and evaluations. He led a program proposal aimed at reducing infectious rates of hepatitis B virus (HBV) among Burmese refugees in Oakland - conducting stakeholder and focus group interviews with healthcare leaders, professionals, and Burmese refugees to determine the greatest needs of the target population. He also created a 3-year program budget and curriculum for cultural competency training. Most recently he was a Research Assistant at Health Management Associates (HMA) where he played an instrumental role with supporting the development of training curriculum for a Complex Care Nurse Training program at LA County' Health Services Department, and Trauma-Informed Care training for health professionals at the Chippewa Cree Health Center and the Yakama Health center. In his current role as a Public Health Associate for the National Council of Urban Indian Health's (NCUIH) Technical Assistance and Research Center, Sebouh plays an integral role as a Program Manager/Advisor for NCUIH's National AI/AN Urban Youth Advisory Council. He also leads a National AI/AN Behavioral Health grant to help Urban Indian Organizations build capacity for their Youth Programs. Sebouh earned his Master's degree in Public Administration/ Health Service Administration from the University of San Francisco. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.

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Workshop Category: Other- Civic Engagement

Workshop Title: Taking Action in 2020 - Civic Engagement in Indian Country

Workshop Description: NCAI Youth Commission officers from around Indian Country will lead a how-to video featuring running for office, registering to vote, ways to engage Native voters under the age of 18, and how to fill-out the Census and talk to family about the Census.

3 Key Takeaways:

  • How to talk to family about filling out the 2020 Census.
  • How to register to vote. 
  • How to engage civic participation for Native youth under the age of 18.

Yawna Allen
Tribal Affiliation: Quapaw, Cherokee, Yuchi
Title: Director of Civic Engagement
Organization: National Congress of American Indians

Yawna Allen (Quapaw, Cherokee, Yuchi) is the Director of Civic Engagement and Special Projects at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Yawna oversees both the Indian Country Counts (census) and the Native Vote initiatives at NCAI. Her work includes strategic communications and outreach efforts to enhance and support civic engagement activities in both rural and urban Native American communities.

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Workshop Category: Other- Personal Finance

Workshop Title: Life after high school: understanding credit and saving for college

Workshop Description: Should I apply for a credit card?  How will I pay for college?  - questions with major life impacts.  Participants will learn how to use credit cards responsibly, the importance of credit scores and funding a college degree.   Resources are free and provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

3 Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the importance of using credit cards responsibly and tips for managing your credit.
  • Learn about credit scores, how a FICO Credit Score is determined and why credit scores are important.Understand ways to fund higher education, factors to consider when choosing a college and investing in human capital.


Megan Cruz
Tribal Affiliation: Osage Nation
Title: Senior Economic Education Specialist
Organization: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Megan Cruz is with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and leads the Federal Reserve System's Native American outreach related to the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) initiatives.  In her role she focuses on working with Native American tribes and communities across the country on implementing personal finance and economic education programs, building a Native talent pipeline for recruitment and increasing Native participation in Federal Reserve procurement opportunities. 

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Workshop Category: Other- Life Skills

Workshop Title: Budget Your Way to Success

Workshop Description: This workshop will show how easy budgeting can be and how it can lead to success in many areas of your life.  


 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn the basics of making a budget.
  • Understand how to manage a budget as things change.
  • Find out how budgets can help you be successful.



Candice Nez
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Title: Assistant Vice President 
Organization: Bank of America

Candice is an Assistant Vice President and Senior Business Control Specialist for Bank of America in Phoenix, AZ.  She is the Communications Chair for the Bank's Native American Professional Network.

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Workshop Title: Protect your Financial Information

Workshop Description: This workshop will provide specific ways you can protect your financial and personal information.

 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how financial information can be compromised.
  • Find out what you can do to protect yourself.
  • Learn what steps to take if your information is compromised.


Angel Villavelazquez
Tribal Affiliation: Gila River Pima
Title: Vice President 
Organization: Bank of America

Angel is a Vice President with Bank of America and is a Senior Testing Specialist with the Global Risk Group.  She is a Leader of the Bank's Native American Professional Network, Phoenix Chapter.

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Workshop Category: Other College Readiness Skills

Workshop Title: American Indian College Fund:  Native Pathways for High School College Choice

Workshop Description: The Native Pathways High School College Choice program provides guidance and resources to high school students to learn the process of applying to college with an understanding of personal power, college readiness, campus fit, college applications, and commitment to academic pursuits to succeed.

 3 Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to increase your personal college readiness.
  • Learn about the college admission process.
  • Learn how to select a college that is right for you - best fit for major, affordability, sense of belonging, services.  

Shonday Randall
Tribal Affiliation: Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Title: Native Pathways Program Officer
Organization: American Indian College Fund

Shonday Randall serves as the Native Pathways Program Officer at American Indian College Fund. She is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and belongs to the deer clan. She has worked in post-secondary education administration since 2003 specializing in scholarships and financial aid as well as community relations and outreach for diverse student populations. Ms. Randall holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Communication from Northeastern State University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University.Shonday Randall


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