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ND Indian Youth Leadership Academy

Crafting the Future: Where Native Youth Rise as Tomorrow's Visionaries

The Mission of NDIYLA is to design, develop, and implement a wide range of leadership programs, opportunities that will advance one’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical attributes.


  • To begin and sustain a process of developing future leaders amongst Indian youth in North Dakota.  

  • To build positive interaction between students to experience and learn from each other, as well as learn about various tribal cultures.

  • To build knowledge regarding Tribal issues and topics covered during the week-long session including, education, environmental issues, water, land and realty, tribal constitutions, the ND constitution, public speaking, participation in plays, group dynamics, leadership, teamwork, cultural events participation and much more. 

  • To invite NDIYLA alumni and Native American speakers to mentor youth and serve as role models for developing future Native American Leaders for tomorrow.


Youth Leadership Academy (NDIYLA)

The North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy (NDIYLA) creates and fosters an environment for native youth to learn and enhance leadership skills and create opportunities that are used in their respective local communities, throughout the State of North Dakota, and the nation.

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