UO Youth Movement Ignite your generation

Welcome to the Movement!

UO Youth Movement 2017 is back and better than ever, using the power of sport, education, and community to ignite a generation.

Last year's field day event was a huge success. Participating schools, tribes, and Native American youth had the opportunity to get active at the University of Oregon while building their communities and celebrating their cultures. We experienced how sport can empower youth and change the lives of our generations. The movement is continuing to grow and our team is excited to be on board. Stay tuned!

Come join us and #IgniteYourGeneration


How old are you?

"Nine years old"

Do you have a tribal affiliation? If so, which tribe?

"Tlingit and Raven Clan"

What school do you currently attend?

"Two Rivers-dos Rios"

What is your favorite subject in school?


How do you Red light, green light active?

"Red light, green light"


ISA Helms

How old are you?

"Eight years old"

What school do you currently attend?


Do you have a tribal affiliation? If so, which tribe?

"Miluk Coos and Cherokee"

What is your favorite subject in school?


How do you stay active?

"Rock climbing"


royce huntoon

Royce is a member of the Hanis Coos tribe, and enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.

How old are you?

"Nine years old"

What school do you currently attend?

"Douglas Gardens Elementary"

What is your favorite subject in school?

"Reading, my favorite books are A-Z Mysteries, and Book D is my favorite."

How do you stay active? Why do you enjoy that activity?

"I like to ride my bike and run because the bike paths I ride on have really pretty scenery."

Isa Anesthesia Zito

Year: Senior

Major: Journalism

Hometown: Eugene, Oregon

Tribe: Kiowa and Muscogee Creek

Isa is part of the Kiowa and Muscogee Creek tribes. The Kiowa tribe hails from Carnegie in the southwestern part of Oklahoma while the Muscogee Creek tribe is also from Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and is the official federally-recognized tribe of the Muscogee people.

What’s your favorite aspect of your Native American culture?

“My favorite part is the food, I grew up on elk and buffalo.”


Anna Hoffer

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Year: Sixth year senior

Major: Ethnic Studies, and a minor in Native American Studies

Hometown: Grand Ronde, Oregon

Tribe: Yakama, Grand Ronde, and Shawnee

Anna is part of the Yakima, Grand Ronde, and Shawnee tribes. The Yakama tribe hails from Central Washington along the Columbia River while the Confederate Tribes of Grande Ronde tribe are from Grand Ronde, Oregon. Additionally, Anna is part of the Shawnee tribe, which is located in Oklahoma.

What’s your favorite aspect of your Native American culture?

“I love everything about my culture, I love who I am, the prayers, the song, the food, dances, the struggle, the good and the bad.”


Preslee Thorne

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers and They/Them/Theirs

Major: Planning, Public Policy, and Management and a minor in Food Studies

Hometown: Lawton, Oklahoma

Tribe: Chickasaw Nation

Preslee is part of the Chickasaw Nation, which hails from Oklahoma. The Chickasaw nation is a member of The Five Civilized Tribes, and members enjoy a strong community while working with one another to enhance the well being of their nation and celebrating their heritage.

What’s your favorite aspect of your Native American culture?

“My favorite aspect of my Native culture is the resistance and resilience that is inherent in Indigenous blood. I am strong because of knowledge and experiences of my ancestors, family, self, and community.”


Traven Joseph

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: General Social Sciences

Hometown: Gresham, OR

Tribe: Gros Ventre (White Clay), Athabaskan

Traven is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre (White Clay) tribe, which is located in the the north central part of Montana. The tribe, which is also known as A'ani, A'aninin, Haaninin, and Atsina can be found between Missouri River, Montana, to the Saskatchewan River in Canada. Traven is also an enrolled member of the Athabaskan tribe, which is based in Alaska, from south of the Brooks Mountain Range and down to the Kenai Peninsula.

How do you stay involved with your culture?

"I stay involved with my culture mainly by attending social and cultural gatherings and keeping in touch with my family as well as volunteering with the Native Wellness Institute during the summer where I am available, which promotes the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of natives."


Erica Noemi Mendez

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Chehalis, WA

Year: Sophomore

Tribe: Enrolled member of Quinault Tribe and Chehalis Tribal descendent

Erica is an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation and a descendent of The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Tribal reservation. These coastal Salish Tribes are located in Washington, Pacific Northwest. In addition, Erica is also a descendant of the Musqueam Indian Band in British Columbia, Canada.

How does being Native American inspire you?

"Being Native American has inspired me to be a positive roll model through my position of a Native student leader. As stereotypes and stigma continues to effect Native youth it has inspired me to be more focused on my academics, and community involvement to show youth that with the right influence and dedication anything is achievable."


Cyrus Lyday

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Journalism

Hometown: Portland, OR

Year: Freshman

Tribe: Enrolled member of Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa

Cyrus is part of the Northern Arapaho and Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribes in Oregon. The Northern Arapaho tribe, which, has over 9,000 members and is located on the Wind Indian Reservation of Wyoming. Cyrus is also part of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, which originated in Rolette County, North Dakota.

What’s your favorite aspect of your Native American heritage?

“The part I enjoy most about my native heritage is the sense of community. I love that so many like-minded people gather at events like Native American Student Union. I only knew a couple of people from the community here at UO before I came to school. In the two terms I have been here I’ve met many amazing native students and community members by going to NASU, some of my closest friends.”


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