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March 13, 2014

Claremore’s Burns named Champions of Change


The Center for Native American Youth has announced its second class of Champions for Change which includes Claremore High School senior Elizabeth Burns.
The 2014 CFCs are five young Native American leaders who are creating positive change for their peers, tribal or urban Indian communities.  
Burns, 18, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is passionate about promoting healthy nutrition and obesity prevention, according to the CNAY.
Burns currently serves as the president of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council and is a mentor to youth that struggle with obesity, self-acceptance, nutrition and eating disorders. 
She is also creating a blog to raise awareness to health and wellness issues impacting Native American youth today.
“I have been told that my dream of helping other Native youth is ridiculous and that I should give up. I realized that negative comments won’t hold me back. I will make my dream a reality,” said Burns.
Also selected were : Danielle Finn, 23, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; William Lucero, 17, Lummi Nation; Keith Martinez, 20, Oglala Lakota Sioux, and Lauren McLester-Davis, 16, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin.
This class will join the 2013 Champions on the CNAY Youth Advisory Board to stay engaged and work on a national level.
The CNAY created the Champions for Change program as an effort to shine a spotlight on inspirational stories and promote hope in Indian Country. CNAY is aimed at bringing greater national attention to the issues facing Native youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. 
In their visits to tribal and urban Indian communities, the CNAY team listens to and learns from young Native Americans about youth priorities, challenges, and successes

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