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Gethsemane Carrillo

Gethsemane , (Decedent of White Mountain Apache) , believes in working hard and completing a task once it is started.

"One thing I am passionate about is poetry. I am always looking for something to do to help the youth in my community, especially when it comes to culture. Some of my interests are singing, dancing, music ,and math."

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Jaret Decorah

Jaret, (Ho-Chunk Nation), believes in having a great work ethic.

"One thing I am passionate about is family. I also love to play sports and I love the outdoors."

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Jayla Pappan

Jayla, (Ponca Tribe), believes in helping youth to build self esteem and self worth.

"One thing I am passionate about is GOD and my family. I play sports, I am a hi stepper for Ponca City High School, my interests are being proactive for suicide prevention, bullying, substance abuse, teen dating violence and tradition/cultural."

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Jazmine Wildcat

Jazmine, (Northern Arapaho), believes in perseverance.

"One thing I am passionate about is advocacy. I am passionate about making the world a better place for future generations. Whether it’s working to educate about climate change, healthy lifestyles, gun violence or coaching Special Olympics, I give it my all and if I can impact one life, I think that can be considered a success."

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Jeanetta Leach

Jeanetta,(Cherokee/United Keetowah Band), believes her love for the earth, helping people come together to keep our communities clean and safe for us humans and also all of the precious animals that we live among..

"One thing I am passionate about is Animals. Thankfully being apart of WRN this past year I was able to learn more about traditional foods, scholarships, various ways to help my community."

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Jessica Penny

Jessica, (Lumbee), believes in learning from her elders and also enjoys encouraging our younger generations to learn about our culture. To learn who they are as Native people, and to know that they can overcome any stereotype that our people face.

"One thing I am passionate about is trying to bring healing and hope to our communities so that our people can overcome stereotypes and adversity. I was selected as a contestant to run for the 2018-2019 position of Miss Indian North Carolina. For my platform, I spoke about the injustices of our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and why it’s so important that our people learn to speak out about it so that our women can begin to start healing."

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Jo Jo Blackwood Blackwood

Jo Jo, (Kickapoo Tribe), is a compassionate listener.

"One thing I am passionate about is LGBTQ+2S community. I am a great artist and a coordinator for my LGBTQ Club at my high school."

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Joshua Lopstain

Joshua, (Miwuk), believes in finding solutions.

"One thing I am passionate about is family & education, more importantly, Native education."

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Josiah Hugs

Josiah, (Crow Nation), believes in having great communication skills, as well as, the ability/willingness to learn.

"My name is Josiah Hugs, I am 20 years old and I am from the Crow nation. I grew up in Fort Smith, Montana. I went to Hardin Highschool. I also attended the Montana National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, Graduated December 17 2017. I also did Career training in Job Corps. My trade of choice was Carpentry and Diesel mechanics. I love working with youth and setting the example!
Growing up I didn't have that kind of direction so in return I'd like to make that difference, especially for the Native youth!"