Part 1: Modern day genocide, they are doing this all over again to us. ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) helps us fight to preserve the connection between a child and his or her tribe. If it is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, the children stand to lose so much...
Puwanini Tsawa; Blue Butterfly
Ts’an T’en Po’a’a; New Winters Journey
Elmirah is a young woman from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, New Mexico, who joined I Am Why as a consultant in February 2022. Becoming a single mother at 19, she discovered gaps in the young-parent community. Struggling with injustices that impacted her and her son, she felt compelled to assist young families where they needed it the most. She partnered in policy and advocacy work with National Crittenton and a group of young parents that were also passionate about creating change for young families. She co-founded Project IMPACT and is the New Mexico IMPACT HUB Coordinator. While developing this brand, she found incredible bonds and a passion for helping people. She hopes to promote change for young families nationwide and bring representation for Indigenous communities forward.
While growing up on the reservation, a strong single mother raised Elmirah with the importance of their tribe’s heritage. Elmirah hopes to bring back knowledge, change and creativity into the community that put her on the path of being an Indigenous leader. Her education consists of being a second-generation graduate of high school and college. She has obtained an Associate of Science in Health Administration Services and is attending Colorado Technical University for a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in project management. Hoping to pass down the values her mother passed down, she gets the drive and passion for continuing her dreams because of her children.