Youth Water Summit

Empowering Clean Minds for Cleaner Water

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Youth Summit Participants!

Join us for a week-long leadership and education experience for tribal youth. Leadership comes in all forms, from speaking out to being an active citizen in your community. At the Changing Currents: Tribal Youth Water Summit, we will be exploring what it means to be the next generation of water leaders. The summit is intended to bring together like-minded tribal youth with a passion for water, natural resources, education and social action.

Topics and Activities include:

  • Tribal Worldview of Water: Explore Our Traditional Relationship Water

  • Water Today: Our Contemporary Relationship to Water

  • Legal Complexity of Water: Tribal Rights, Law, Stewardship Responsibilities, Ancestral Rights, Treaty Rights

  • Social & Environmental Justice: What’s Your Response?

  • Field trips to water resource sites, including water reservoirs, a wildlife refuge, and to the beautiful Oregon Coast.

The Changing Currents Program will select 20-25 tribal youth ages 15-19 years old from Pacific Northwest tribes. The participants will be exposed to university life, classroom learning, and tribal water culture. The participants will also take field trips to water resources sites. Participants will be housed at the Native American Studies section and in the new Kalapuya Illahi Residence Hall. Housing and meals will be provided for the selected participants, travel costs to and from the Tribal Youth Water Summit are on your own

Changing Currents is a program of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI). The Tribal Youth Water Summit is funded by private foundations. Later this year, ATNI will be hosting a Tribal Leaders Water Summit in September 2019.


Contact: Shirod Younker (Coquille/Coos) -

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Shirod T. Younker is a Citizen of the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Changing Currents: Youth Tribal Water Summit Lead

Mr. Younker worked for the past 19-years for the Oregon College of Art and Craft as the Journeys in Creativity Youth in Exploration of Native Art, Camp Director.

He is now serving as the Changing Currents: Youth Tribal Water Summit Project Coordinator. He is the Summit’s primary contact, director, and coordinator. He has had nearly two decades of working with youth and tribal education in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim. He is currently working with youth programs in Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Rim/Ocean communities. Mr. Younker is a citizen of the Coquille Indian Tribe and is a Partner in Kanim Associates, LLC,

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