Native Warrior Athletics programs features sports, fitness classes, workshops and Basketball training for Native youth. Our fitness activities include Running/Walking Team, Fun Run/walk events, workshops on nutrition and health, special guest speakers and workshops to promote health and wellness. Our Native Warriors basketball activities include; leagues, scrimmages, practices, and tournaments. We also have special training sessions with guest coaches and opportunities for improving individual skills. Our N.W.A. program emphasizes team work, cultural and tribal identity and values. We strive to encourage our Native youth to make positive choices and serve as role models in our community.
SCSNYC is a program developed for youth by youth for purpose of strengthening tribal identity, providing educational/academic tutoring services and leadership opportunities. Clear Sky Youth meet bi-weekly Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:00pm-8:30pm) every week during the regular school year. Youth gain valuable tools, and skills for building confidence, self-esteem and knowledge to support healthy identity and personal growth. Volunteer college students and Seattle area Native professionals serve as mentors and tutors for Clear Sky youth on a weekly basis. Clear Sky program is designed for Native youth ages 9-19, and is a drop-in program. Volunteer college students and Native professionals serve as tutors anmentors for Clear Sky youth on a weekly basis.
Ariana and Reyna Aleck are in 7th grade at Whitman middle school. They enjoy going to the community center with their friends to play basketball. They are involved in after school sports. Ariana played basketball on the JV school team, and also plays Ultimate Frisbee. She also plays ball with our Native Warriors. Reyna is on the volleyball team and she plays ball with Native warriors. They were both involved with Clear Sky last summer in the Seattle Storm Leadership program and the twice weekly exercise/workout strengthening program. Both Girls are very active with their Alaska Native Culture. They dance in three different dance groups, and perform regularly. They are traveling to Alaska this June to perform in the Sealaska Celebration where over 40 dance and 2000 dancers come together to share song and dance.
UNEA offers culturally responsive and relevant support to Native youth and families through social, cultural, and educational support services. UNEA provides consultation, advocacy, support and resources for Native families and students. We are inspired by our 100% graduation and advancement of Native learners participating in Clear Sky program. Our organization is driven by our grass roots community volunteers and we are committed to our core values; Integrity, Interconnectedness, Inclusion, and Service. Our programs are all youth centered, youth driven and designed for promoting health, wellness and academic, socio-cultural success for youth, families and community.
Collectively engage in activities and promote educational achievement. We strive to enhance our tribal identities, personal and community growth and wellness. We advocate for justice, equality and visibility in the Seattle community.
Engage all generations to serve and empower Native youth through education, culture and tradition.
Sarah Sense-Wilson (Oglala, Sioux) serves as the elected Chair for the Urban Native Education Alliance (UNEA). Sarah is committed to strengthening our urban Native community through tireless advocacy, organizing, and networking both within the Native community and greater King County area. Sarah’s educational background includes B.A. in Political Science, UW 1999, Chemical Dependency License 2004, and she completed her MA degree in Applied Psychology from Antioch University 2010. Sarah is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Sarah is a certified Problem Gambling Counselor. Sarah and her partner Mark have one daughter who attends Western Washington University. Sarah enjoys her multiple volunteer roles and is highly motivated to improve academic and cultural enrichment experiences of our urban Native youth. Sarah believes both cultural knowledge and education are vital to strengthen and build the future for our urban Native community.
(Tlingit) Secretary currently works for the Seattle Indian Health Board as an Elder’s Case Manager serving the American Indian/Alaska Native Elder’s in the Seattle metropolitan area. Prior to joining the Health Board, Vicki worked for the Native American Center of Excellence at the University of Washington School of Medicine, the Seattle Municipal Courts, and a minimum-security prison. Vicki earned a B. A. in Sociology and Society & Justice from the University of Washington (UW) in 1997.
(Chinese), Member At Large
((Cheyenne River Sioux), Member At Large. Herb LeBeau is Sioux and Chippewa. Herb received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Seattle University in 2004. He currently works as a Project Engineer for the General Contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis. Herb strongly believes in the value of Native Education through youth mentorship, community, and honoring cultural traditions. Fostering empowerment and a sense of pride in identity for Indigenous Youth is a priority for Herb. Herb and his wife Claire have one son Logan who attends Garfield High School and who is an active youth leader in the Clear Sky Native Youth Council. Herb was elected to the UNEA Board in June of 2016.
Member At Large, I am honored to be nominated for membership on the UNEA Board because I am committed to helping urban Native youth to have opportunities to develop their own voices and make positive choices about their education and to have access to resources and receive the kind of community support that is needed for young people to gain confidence and thrive in an educational landscape that often neglects their needs and concerns. I am currently enrolled in a course at the University of Washington with Megan Bang, Dawn Hardison-Stevens, and a cohort of educators from Seattle and beyond on Native Education, in which we are digging deeply into the very challenges faced by the Clear Sky participants in terms of their educational needs. With my decades of experience as an educator (middle school teacher and elementary/middle school administrator), I feel I bring an educational perspective to the board that can benefit its work on behalf of these children.