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8 of the 11 Nahko 2018 Scholarship Recipients : Melissa, Manaia, Darilyn, Beatrice, RaJ, Tri, Tuvish, and Anthony.

8 of the 11 Nahko 2018 Scholarship Recipients: Melissa, Manaia, Darilyn, Beatrice, RaJ, Tri, Tuvish, and Anthony.

The Nahko, "Medicine Tribe" Inspired Scholarship

It all started, when in 2012, the 12 year-old son of InterTribal Youth Founder brought home a Nahko and Medicine for the People autographed CD.  Dad recalls that his son had never purchased a CD nor brought music home before. Son was so excited as he told dad of the "diversity and message in the music". From then on, on the ride to school every morning, Dad and Son would pop it into the CD player and listen together. Nahko's music not only inspired his son, but also became a motivational soundtrack for the InterTribal Youth Program. In 2017, a scholarship was created to honor Nahko as a young man himself.  It was also created out of compassion for young people and to honor his message, his fans, and to motivate a collective-action of good deeds.

2018 Cover Story featuring Nahko Scholarship 2017 Recipient,  Puna Watson, Native Hawaiian and Mentor Blue Vigil, Native Kumeyaay, of San Diego. This Journal Magazine is the most important Peer Review publication on culture and education in California. Honored.

2018 Cover Story featuring Nahko Scholarship 2017 Recipient, Puna Watson, Native Hawaiian and Mentor Blue Vigil, Native Kumeyaay, of San Diego. This Journal Magazine is the most important Peer Review publication on culture and education in California. Honored.

Within tribal and non-tribal nations across the globe, Nahko's vibration resonates.  As a young man, Nahko and the Medicine Tribe may be leading one of the largest public prayer circles for both young and old, poor and rich. Many shades and colors of people. Music has inspirational and educational power. In particular, for populations who come from 'dissed-advantage' backgrounds, lack resources, and require a higher vibration of love and overstanding. Nahko's message helps young and old visualize new leader-ship for one Mother Earth and one human family.

Together,  with help from Nahko Bear and the "Medicine Tribe" fan base, InterTribal Youth aims to provide a higher 'indigenized' educational standard for youth. 
Ahun and Mahalo Nui Loa to Nahko and the Medicine Tribe fan base!  #ItTakesATribe

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“Medicine Tribe” Fan-Based Scholarship: 
It Takes a Tribe to Educate a Youth:

Nahko with 2017 inaugural Scholarship recipient, Tristen Pena - Miss Kumeyaay Nation 2017. Represented ITY during the Hawaii-Hokulea World Voyage homecoming. Tristen scholarship was matched by #kumeyaaySisters

The scholarship is a call to the Medicine Tribe Fan Base, for #ItTakesATribe to educate a child. This  effort creates a model of how  a unified tribe can provide youth educational enrichment opportunities not found on the streets nor in classrooms.

Raised Funds for the scholarship are used to provide Native American adolescent male and female youth (ages 12-18) with an opportunity to access world-class indigenous education summer programs. Outdoor science, culture, health, and leadership skills are provided by InterTribal Youth, NativeLikeWater.org and an extended family of educators and cultural leaders. Each $1300 Nahko Scholarship raised is matched 100% by InterTribal Youth.org for equal value of $1300. The sum is a value of $2600.  This is the minimum amount needed to be raised for each youth to attend a quality, world-class 2-week enrichment program.  

The scholarship’s inaugural year of 2017 surpassed the Goal and raised a total over $6,000 dollars during the 2017 Spring campaign. The Medicine Tribe (fan base) matched funding for 6 youth. Each scholarship was, then, matched by ITY's Mosaic of Contributors (scroll to end fo this page)  Meet 2017, 2018 Nahko Scholarship recipients, click here

WATCH VIDEO: NAHKO MEDICINE TRIBE SCHOLARSHIP 2018 AWARDEE, HEMA AGE 13 WHO ATTENDS THE HALŪ KŪ MĀNA SCHOOL, ON OAHU. HEMA SHARES A SNIPED OF HIS EXPERIENCE AS A NAHKO MEDICINE TRIBE SCHOLAR TRAVELING FROM HAWAII TO PANAMA AT AGE 13. #ITTAKESATRIBE #INTERTRIBALYOUTH #NAHKOSCHOLAR

In 2018, the Nahko Scholarship Fund raised 11 scholarships, almost doubling that of 2017.

9 of the Scholarship Recipients attended the San Diego Summer program. A sample of their interaction is the adjacent video. The remaining two scholarship recipients attended the International Educational Exchange in Panama, Central America and can be seen on our youtube channel and video page.

flagship Southern California residential program. over 35 youth, and 30 professional mentors gather for quantum learning, leadership, culture, wellness and science, indigenous higher education. #Indigenizeeducation

2019 Scholarship is now open and we are accepting Youth Submission, Please submit by April 22.

Recipient will need to meet at least 4 of following guidelines and criteria: 

  1. Youth ages 12-18

  2. do not have support from Reservations, Rancherias or Agencies

  3. May or may not be from a state or gov't recognized tribe

  4. adopted and/or separated from their culture

  5. tribal descendants, lineage or who are not on roles and do not receive recognition due to blood-quantum

  6. Youth who live in urban areas, dis-connected from tribe and funding support resources. This may include, but not limited to Urban Youth, Native Hawaiians, Xicano/a, South American Indigenous or Caribbean Youth.

  7. 2018 Scholarship Recipient were chosen primarily from the Geographical Areas of: Los Angeles, San Diego, California, Oregon, Colorado and the Hawaiian Islands. We have plans to expanded the Geographical areas. We began with Nahko's home areas and places who helped shape his music. Further expansion will be noted accordingly.

Please Submit the following by April 22, 2019:

Watch Video: Lessons, one ship. San Diego 2018 summer was exceptional. Youth gathered from various tribes from throughout California, Hawaii, and Panama.

  1. InterTribal Youth / Native Like Water registration form for desired program. i.e. San Diego, Jamaica, Panama. Contact us for Registration form and specify which program.

  2. One letter of recommendation from teacher, parent, leader or relative.

  3. Writing Sample. Sample will not be judged for grammar or punctuation use, but praised for content and originality.
    Candidates Submit ONLY 1 of the following:

  • 200 Word Essay on topic of your choice OR

  • One Page, Original Poem or Lyrics to a Song OR

  • A 2 Minute Video Selfie Artistic Performance of your choice

2019 Scholarship Recipient are chosen by Nahko Bear and InterTribal Youth Scholarship Committee.

Reports on Recipient and participation as cultural scholars are here.  Meet the 2017 Nahko Scholarships Recipients Here, click

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indigenous science, aka traditional ecological knowledge, is the leading study to reverse the negative situation we are in. Intertribal pictured here onthe La Jolla reservation field study in ethnoBotany, geology, Hydrology and environmental protection in the "native like water" curriculum

indigenous science, aka traditional ecological knowledge, is the leading study to reverse the negative situation we are in. Intertribal pictured here onthe La Jolla reservation field study in ethnoBotany, geology, Hydrology and environmental protection in the "native like water" curriculum

In 2016, Haro Bikes, Paul Cannon and Nahko giveaway brand new BMX bikes to InterTRibal youth based on both need and merit. Nahko and InterTribal Youth decided to continue the spirit of giving with a Fan BAsed Medicine Tribe Scholarship.