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Native Youth Standing Strong - Sioux City KTIV Channel 4


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

There's no denying that pride and tradition run deep in Native American culture. A group in Sioux City makes sure young people are a part of it.

"It's flourishing, it's growing," said Deena Baker.

Baker is a member of the Navajo Winnebago Tribe and "Native Youth Standing Strong."

"Restore principles and values in the importance of your culture," said Baker.

NYSS has recently started meeting every week, with several dozen people showing up to each session.

Juvenile Court Services is a partner in the program, working to better serve Native American youth.

"In the past, we have not as a system, worked real well or as well as we could have with the Native people," said Woodbury County juvenile probation officer Will Meier.

Tuesday night's gathering was a chance to improve that.

"By coming together, we understand where we need to get a little better," said Meier.

With more than 10,000 Native Americans within two hours of Sioux City, they're a real part of the population. And just like any population, some kids need direction, which NYSS hopes to help them achieve.

"If a kid's feeling good about himself, he's probably doing good things," said Meier.

NYSS gives them a knowledge of their culture and so much more.

"All I have is my spirit and I'm here to give it away. I'm here to help and I'm here for my people," said Baker.

NYSS meets every Tuesday at 4:00, at the Four Directions Community Center, on Water St. in downtown Sioux City. Organizers say everyone is welcome.

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Standing Strong - Sioux City KPTH Fox 44 

(SIOUX CITY, IA) Celebrating the success of young people and strengths here in the Tri–state: that's what the Native Youth Standing Strong group did at their banquet Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first year the NYSS has held their banquet. After a sacred native prayer there was a traditional meal shared with those in attendance. Some of the guests were on hand included Mayor Pro Tem, Tom Padgett as well as different tribal council members from around Siouxland.

Officials hope the festivities will bring community members together and be proud of where they've come from.

"It's important I think for a person to know who they are and that's what the native people have told us, our kids need to know who they are in order to be happy and do the right thing," says Will Meier, NYSS Committee Member.

Officials say over a hundred people attended the event.

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Native Youth banquet will feature medicine man - Sioux City Journal 


SIOUX CITY --- A Sincangu Lakota medicine man will guide Native Youth Standing Strong's first-ever banquet on Tuesday in Sioux City, organizers say.

The public is invited to the free event that celebrates the achievements of Native Youth Standing Strong, a program that provides weekly cultural and spiritual activities for local Native youth. The banquet will be held from 4-5 p.m. at the Four Directions Community Center, 613 Water St.

Juvenile court officer Will Meier said Native Youth Standing Strong is a way for children to learn about their culture and spirituality in a positive setting.

"Until somebody can be proud of who they are (and) like who they are, we can't begin to address people's needs," Meier said.

He said the Omaha, Winnebago and Santee nations have all supported the group, but noted children from all tribal affiliations are welcome to participate.

Organizers say Chief Roy Stone, Sr., a medicine man from South Dakota, will guide Tuesday's gathering. The event will also feature a traditional meal and a performance by the drum group Mato Pejuta.

Click here to view a Youtube video of Mato Pejuta's performance at the Winnebago powwow.

Native Youth Standing Strong participants will also speak at the dinner. Several tribal leaders, local government officials and District Court officers have also been invited to speak.


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Native Youth banquet will feature medicine man - Sioux City Journal 


SIOUX CITY --- A Sincangu Lakota medicine man will guide Native Youth Standing Strong's first-ever banquet on Tuesday in Sioux City, organizers say.

The public is invited to the free event that celebrates the achievements of Native Youth Standing Strong, a program that provides weekly cultural and spiritual activities for local Native youth. The banquet will be held from 4-5 p.m. at the Four Directions Community Center, 613 Water St.

Juvenile court officer Will Meier said Native Youth Standing Strong is a way for children to learn about their culture and spirituality in a positive setting.

"Until somebody can be proud of who they are (and) like who they are, we can't begin to address people's needs," Meier said.

He said the Omaha, Winnebago and Santee nations have all supported the group, but noted children from all tribal affiliations are welcome to participate.

Organizers say Chief Roy Stone Sr., a medicine man from South Dakota, will guide Tuesday's gathering. The event will also feature a traditional meal and a performance by the drum group Mato Pejuta.

Native Youth Standing Strong participants will also speak at the dinner. Several tribal leaders, local government officials and District Court officers have also been invited to speak.

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