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Music Group Proceeds to Benefit Youth Programs

Music is a common language among performers and listeners alike. Spreading the word about the healing power of music is something that two sisters, known professionally as the Miracle Dolls, hope to share with youth living on reservations. To them, music is therapy.

In an interview with Indian Country Today, Dani Doll shared that music has been influential in her and her sister’s life, “it’s a place to create beauty that always pushed us through tough times, and we know that it can do the same for the kids on the reservation.”

Dani and her sister Dezy will be hitting the road to promote their Native American Youth Music Program as they tour along the West coast. A portion of the sales from the Dolls’ merchandise will be used to buy musical instruments for youth on reservations.

Read more here about how the sisters got started in the music industry and what inspires them to give back to communities across the country.

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Fresh Tracks Project Creates Cross-Cultural Exchange for Native and Urban Youth

In August 2016, 16 young people from Los Angeles and Alaska will have the unique opportunity to get to know one another’s environments and culture through an exchange program called Fresh Tracks. The program will provide participants with outdoor experiences, leadership skills, a sense of responsibility for protecting their public lands, and an appreciation of each others’ cultures. Youth from urban Los Angeles and Native Youth from the Arctic Circle communities will be among the young leaders to participate in this initiative. With support from IslandWood, the Sierra Club, the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders program, and others, the participants will spend three weeks together this summer in addition to receiving mentorship, and internship/job opportunities beyond the summer to create a lifetime impact. Fresh Tracks is one of several projects announced by President Obama after his influential trip to Alaska in summer 2015. According to a C&NN article written by Juan Martinez, “Many young Los Angeles residents and Alaska Native Youth face similar challenges, including high unemployment, drug abuse, and a lack of access to healthy food and parks, and higher education. At the same time, many of us are bound by shared aspirations, a desire to know the world and to make it better.” We look forward to hearing more about the outcomes of this exchange!

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