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Season of Giving: Reflecting on the Seven Generations

Tis the season of giving and cheer! What better way to acknowledge and celebrate than through honoring our seven generations this year? For those unfamiliar, the seventh generation principle is one of the Haudenosaunee’s core values that focus on how present day decisions will impact our families and descendants within seven generations, as these are the ones we are most immediately connected and accountable to. This includes our great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Each generation, therefore, is responsible for teaching, protecting, and learning from the three generations before and after them. The month of December is a great time to reflect and think about ways we can put this value into practice with our Club youth, and ensure that they understand that the seven generations is more than just a concept, but a way of living.

How can we do this? One way is by learning and maintaining our traditions, languages, and cultural practices. In doing this, we are paying respect to those who came before us and ensuring our cultures and systems of knowledge are there for our descendants. If you, your staff members, and/or Club youth have been or have ever felt disconnected from your local traditions or culture(s), consider inviting community members, elders, local storytellers, artists, historians, or other knowledge holders to speak to your Club and discuss methods of reconnection. By learning (or re-learning) where you come from, you are actively honoring the work and sacrifice of your ancestors to keep their ways of living intact, despite efforts to erase them.

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2017 Native Summit Recap

Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 2017 Native Summit was held November 14-16 in Fort Myers, Florida, and marked the celebration of 25 years of Native Clubs! Organized by the Native Services Unit, Native Club staff came from all over to participate in the Summit, share in each other’s culture, and attend informational breakout sessions.

The celebration started with the presentation of tribal flags by a representative of each tribe. It marked the first of many special moments and was a great way to kick off the event. It was the perfect way to symbolize the diversity within the room while creating a sense of unity among the group. The opening celebration included remarks from the Chair of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the President of the Navajo Nation, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and a cultural performance from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Boys & Girls Club Youth.

General sessions were held each morning and afternoon of the Summit. Speakers at these sessions included prominent partners and ambassadors of Native Clubs. At the morning general session on the second day the national Native Spirit Award was proudly presented to Angela DiCicco from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Read more about the Native Spirit Award national and regional winners here!

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