Empowering Native Communities, One Youth at a Time
Spirit of the Sun Monthly Newsletter
Spirit of the Sun’s mission is to work in partnership with Native communities in urban areas and on reservations to boost the resilience of Native people, especially youth and young adults.
Our vision is that the Native youth of today become the next generation of Native leaders, entrepreneurs, and skilled professionals who will help guide their communities toward wellness, prosperity, and cultural revitalization.
Our summer associate, Rhyia JoyHeart and our intern , Jackson Infante were panelists on the Slow Food Turtle Island Association-Indigenous Youth For a Sustainable Future event!
During the panel, panelists were asked questions regarding projects, challenges and solutions for a promising future. Rhyia and Jackson made powerful remarks regarding the future of living more sustainability, translating mental environments into physical ones and using the indigenous mindset in regards to interacting with food and nature. They were also featured on Slow Foods social media!
To learn more about how you/and or your family can be involved, please contact our Youth Outreach and Engagement Intern- Jackson at email@example.com // 402-972-5998
Upcoming Mentorship Program!
Our collective of Indigenous Youth from the community has been working towards taking the final steps in establishing the SOTS Mentorship Program. This program will be the first of its kind not only in the City of Denver, but also in the State of Colorado. We will be highlighting historical as-well as contemporary issues, community activism/ engagement, financial fitness, and many other exciting things, all from the Native-Grassroots persepctive. Our current partners include but are not limited to CU Denver, Jeffco Open School, Sobesky Academy, Adams 12 and the American Indian Academy of Denver. Our core values moving forward are community, Honesty, Empowerement and Understanding, and we are excited to present these ideals to the community, as we establish this ground-breaking program. We are looking for more youth and schools/districts to connect with, and we would love direct feedback from our community in this regard.
FrontLine Farming !
Our team had a fantastic time spending the day with Front Line Farming! Fatume Emmad is the co founder of FLF and the owner of bountilful by design. We had the honor of visiting the celebration community garden, one of their 4 community farms.
The mission of Front Line is to provide food to people of all income levels by sustainable growing affordable local food in the Front Range Area and to build food resilience in their communities and provide examples for policy changes to be implemented that address institutional barriers in land and healthy food access.
For more information on Front Line Farming or if you want to volunteer with them check out their website !
Rhyia Joy-Heart is one of our fantastic Four Winds garden summer associates! She will be the head lady at the One Nation Walking Together Pow Wow! Rhyia is also an ambassador at Tipi Raisers, a non-profit that strives to build alliances and strengthen communities of people off and on the reservation.
About 2,000 to 3,000 people attend this pow wow annually. Non-Natives, people of all ages and from all Tribes are welcome. Stop by and bring with you a non-perishable food item to feed the hungry!
Hello, my is Beulah Black Cloud and I’m 18 years old. I am from the Dakota Sioux and Meskwaki Nations. I grew up with my grandparents on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. I recently finished my freshman year at Black Hill State University. I’m majoring in Human Services and Business. I came to Denver with my Campus Ministry, learning how to share my faith with others. Within the program it required me to obtain employment. I am currently working as an AmeriCorps summer associate through Spirit of the Sun at the American Indian Council, located downtown Denver. This job gave me the opportunity to gain more knowledge and understanding of healthy eating and the preparation meals. I also learned how to decolonize diets to understand the benefits of Indigenous nutrition foods. I also work with the Youth Outreach Program, associated with Spirit of the Sun. I’m thankful for that program because I get the opportunity to empower the younger generation in a positive manner. I’ve always had a passion to support and work with kids and young teens because of how I was brought up. If there was anything I would tell my younger self, it would be to always have faith and love unconditionally no matter where you come from.