Protecting First Amendment Rights Critical for Native Youth

ORLANDO, FL – According to Native Public Media, the importance of Native youth’s understanding and awareness of their First Amendment rights is perhaps one of the most important lessons the current generation must have.

The 2019 UNITY national conference, held on the traditional lands of the Seminole People in Orlando, Florida, July 4-8, 2019, brought together youth from American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages between the ages of 14 to 24 and provided sessions that promoted personal development, citizenship, and leadership.

Native Public Media staff Melissa Begay presented First Amendment lessons designed to grow a cohort of First Amendment protectors among Native youth. Armed with an enhanced understanding and awareness of their First Amendment rights, youth shared that the knowledge learned can be used to address epidemics their communities are experiencing.