"The Nahko Medicine Tribe Scholarship gave me the chance to have an experience i will never forget. I learned so much about the people around me and so much about my self as an indigenous young man and my place on this earth. It helped me clear my mind and create a new perspective on the world . . . i would completely recommend people to donate to the Nahko Medicine Tribe Scholarship and give indigenous youth the beautiful experience i was able to have. - with much love, Zion Itzcuentle Rodriguez Aceves", Age 15 (One of six 2017 Nahko Scholarship Recipients)
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.
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
“Medicine Tribe” Fan-Based Scholarship:
It Takes a Tribe to Educate a Youth:
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 Nahko Scholarship recipients, click here
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.
2019 Scholarship Youth Applicants Available March 20, 2019.
Proposed Scholarship Guidelines:
Recipient will need to meet at least 4 of following guidelines and criteria:
Youth ages 12-18
do not have support from Reservations, Rancherias or Agencies
May or may not be from a state or gov't recognized tribe
adopted and/or separated from their culture
tribal descendants, lineage or who are not on roles and do not receive recognition due to blood-quantum
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.
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.
Further Requirements to be Submitted by candidate:
InterTribal Youth / Native Like Water registration form,
One letter of recommendation from teacher, parent, leader or relative.
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 Inaugural 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