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Indigenous Youth Spotlight

SONF - Indigenous Youth Spotlight


Every quarter we like to shine a spotlight on some of the exciting work and grassroots efforts of our past youth program attendees. If you would like to be featured in the Indigenous Youth Spotlight section of our next quarterly newsletter please email all news to with the subject line “Indigenous Youth Spotlight.” Submissions with the most promise may be eligible for merit funding or other small awards.


Madeline Lamb - Indigenous Youth Spotlight

Meet Madeline “Maddie” Lamb (Mvskoke/Creek & Mojave) from Oklahoma. Maddie is a SONF Alumni member and has participated in two programs. In 2018 she was a participant in the inaugural Indigenous international: Digital National Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Maddie is currently a participant in the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project in Rwanda. Maddie previously attended the Institute for American Indian Arts and is now a graduating Senior at Fort Lewis College, where she is studying Communication Design. 


Hataalii - Indigenous Youth Spotlight

Bignhi and FlyingRoots are an artist-collaborative duo of audiovisual-performative artists from Kigali, Rwanda. Together, they specialize in spoken word, video installation, and sound. Both Bignhi (also known as Cheryl Isheja) and FlyingRoots (also known as Natacha Muziramakenga) are participants in the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project in Rwanda. 



Madeline Lamb - Indigenous Youth Spotlight

Meet Noella Nibakuze from Kigali, Rwanda. Noella is currently serving as an architectural design mentor for the women-led Green Architecture Project in Rwanda. Noella has been a Design Associate at MASS since 2017 and is a registered architect with 7 years of experience. As a Design Associate, Noella works on architectural design, construction administration, building technology, and sustainability.


Nanibah Chacon - Artist Mentor

Meet Nanibah “Nani” Chacon. Nani is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist and currently serves as an artist mentor for the Green Architecture Project in Rwanda. Most recognized as a painter and muralist. Nani was born in Gallup, New Mexico, and grew up both in both Navajo Nation and New Mexico. Her most notable work has been within the public arts sector, in which she has a cumulative experience of over 20 years.


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