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Every Monday night in the small community of Shiprock, New Mexico, a group of young Navajo leaders meet to decide how they will help their community. For more than seven years, the Northern Diné Youth Committee has worked to give youth opportunities to directly make changes within their community. But while the NDYC works to make changes, many members also consider their own futures, commitments to family and the world outside of the Shiprock.

Velma Kee Craig (Navajo) is the co-founder of White Springs Creative, which she runs with her husband and fellow director Dustinn Craig. She enjoys writing poetry and blogs which aim to show the extra sweet and humorous of stay-at-home life.

Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico.

I am enrolled member of the Omaha tribe of Nebraska. I am also Cherokee, Navajo & Sioux. I was born & raised in the city, but was taught about the ways. I am studying business @ unl and work pt @ legislative.

Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. She is currently editing the documentary television show, The Shift, airing on Investigation Discovery.

TricksterFilms makes modern-day fables that address and challenge cultural norms, tackling humanity with an irreverent twist.

Melissa Henry is an artist and filmmaker.

Shawna Begay is currently studying for her PhD in Educational Technology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also works as a Graduate Assistant.

"I had never heard about the Denver Columbus Day parade until September of 2006, when my producer Leighton C. Peterson was a visiting professor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. After talking with several people about the conflicting politics involved, he approached me with the idea of shooting during the parade in October.

Columbus Day Legacy explores tensions and contradictions between Native and Italian‐American participants in the ongoing Columbus Day parade controversy in Denver, Colorado. This very personal yet public conflict is visualized through hard questions about the freedom of speech, the interpretation of history and what it means to be an "American."

Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain is founding partner of Austin, Texas‐based production company TricksterFilms.

Raven Chacon is a member of the Dine’ Nation and an experimental musician, composer and educator. Raven has been building his own instruments for creating new sounds since he was a child growing up in Chinle. Today he teaches Native youth through various programs including the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project (NACAP).

We recently  talked with Raven about his influences, composing and the next generation of Native musicians.

Written by Eric Martin

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