Ruben’s dream is to encourage local Native youth to learn about their cultures through powwow dancing and regalia making. Working with urban Native youth, Ruben will teach powwow classes, and host a youth powwow at the end of the year where kids can gain confidence and showcase their cultures.
Ruben's program will also give non-Native teachers in the school district to learn more about contemporary Native cultures, to bring that knowledge into their classrooms.
"If we want to pass our traditions and cultures down to our kids, we need to give them confidence and opportunities to learn." -Ruben