Nahko Scholarship Team and Medicine Tribe:

This is a proud moment. After all our hard work and livication, it comes up to seeing our youth move forward - flow. As Director and Founder of InterTribal Youth, this is why I continue to do what I do and stay inspired after all these years. It is the spiritual support that comes in monetary and in-kind service.  I was the first to put over 50% of my professional time as a volunteer.  Much of my program staff and renowned professionals joined me in this form of giving. Interestingly, this lead to an even stronger, highly qualified staff, giving from deep within their hearts and souls.

There is a new paradigm of exchange, a new currency that takes us a lot further. All this great giving energy allows the monetary donations to go that much further. All currents, rivers, lead to an even larger, greater body of water.  As our human make-up is mostly water, we are more like tiny water droplets than we are of skin color or bones. We are water. Water is life. Joined together, we are a flowing current leading us to be an even greater body of water, with a power to match that of the sky, of the heavens. A natural reflection of clarity and abundance. We were made in his/her image, in teh likeness of the heavenly Creator - #NativeLikeWater.

I want to thank the Fans, The "Medicine Tribe", Nahko's awesome support, Man-nonage-ment Team :), and for all of the expertise, creativity, and steadfast prayers. We, connected, are the beat of the drum - a unified heartbeat and song of one mother and child.

Marc Chavez
Founder/Director of InterTribal Youth and "Native Like Water"

The Medicine Tribe's donations can be both seen and felt, below. We want to Thank the MEDICINE Tribe and also INSPIRE YOU to help us close out the campaign this weekend with a long high note! Please continue to Donate! We still have more to Give. We look to announce more recipients within the next days.

More info on the Nahko Scholarship and Requirements (click)


Puna Watson, Male, 12,  Hālau Kū Māna Native Hawaiian Charter School, Native Hawaiian (Oahu)
Puna is a heartfelt and outgoing young man, a hands on learner, and an avid reader. He is a natural performer, lover of music and dance, and a storyteller at heart. Puna is often described as a youth who is beyond his years in wisdom. Puna attends a cultural immersion school which is re-defining a new standard, example, of Indigenous Education. Puna also participates in the Nā Kama Kai Alakaʻi Mentorship Program, promoting safety, community service and ocean culture of the Polynesian islands. He loves paddling, Hula and Jiu-Jitsu.


Tristin Pena, Female, 15, Warner High School, Santa Ysabel Band of Ipai-Kumeyaay Nation (San Diego)
Tristin credits her mother, being a single parent, for teaching her and siblings the meaning of respect not only for Indian people, but all people in general. Tristen holds  important the old ways of custom and traditions passed down through generations from her ancestors. She currently serves as The 2016-17 Miss Kumeyaay Nation Princess, representing the original peoples of San Diego and Baja California. In addition to high school, Tristen attends Kumeyaay Community College. Miss Kumeyaay will be representing her Nation this summer in the 2017 World Youth Congress held on Oahu, Hawaii. Tristin, along with over 150 youth from around the world, will work on solutions, Indigenous Science, and proactive ways to care for mother earth. 

Krystal Escalante16, Anahuacalmecac Semillas International World IB High School, Wixarika/Huichol/Mexicana (East L.A.)
Krystal is an outspoken student leader and traditional Aztec danzante for her school. Krystal has dedicated countless hours to helping others in her school succeed and achieve both within academic and in extracurricular settings. Krystal recently completed the Indigenous Peoples Rise March on Washington, and as a selected delegate to the National UNITY Conference in Palm Springs. Despite personal hardships and family tragedies, Krystal rarely seems dejected or bothered by the challenges she encounters daily. Krystal’s family and student experiences raised across borders in the urban core of the City of Los Angeles contribute to her unique perspective as an indigenous young woman.

Proposed Scholarship Guidelines:
Recipients meets 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. Inaugural 2017 Scholarship Recipient will be chosen from the Geographical Areas of: Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, or the Hawaiian Islands. As scholarship grows, so will our service areas. Geographical area will grow in the near future and we began with Nahko's home areas.
  8. Further Requirements to be Submitted by candidate:
  9. InterTribal Youth / Native Like Water registration form, 
  10. One letter of recommendation from teacher, parent, leader or relative.
  11. 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 choice OR
    One Page, Original Poem or Lyrics to a Song OR
    A 2 Minute Video Selfie Artistic Performance of choice