Building a stronger, more resilient American society to solve the challenges of the 21st century through the application of Native American values.
Encouraging people of all backgrounds to learn about Native American people and their cultures.
Reconnecting The Circle believes that individuals and communities thrive when their culture is recognized and their values are applied to every day living.
Reconnecting The Circle (“RTC”) launched in the Fall of 2006 with its National High School Essay Contest. Ten students (5 Native American and 5 non-Native) are awarded $2,500 each. The annual contest is open to all legal residents of the United States in grades 9-12, who are currently enrolled full-time and in good standing in a tribal, BIA, public or state-accredited private, parochial or charter school.
Reconnecting The Circle is a national, non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in the D.C. metro area. RTC launched in November 2006.
What Can We Accomplish?
Together, we can make an impact in:
- Reducing suicide risk amongst youth
- Raising awareness about Indian Country’s issues AND beauty
- Engaging young people to recognize their value and shared values across cultures
How Can We Accomplish These Goals?
By building bridges of understanding between Native American and non-Native people through programs that enhance cross-cultural learning and communicate shared values.
- Contests & incentive programs
- National High School Essay Contest | Grades 9-12 (Annual Program)
- Collaborative projects
- Narrative building between Native and non-Native voices
- Publishing of youth-contributed works
- Strategic partnerships
- National and local organizations in the fields of education and health
- Teachers, parents, and local communities
- Media; Native and non-Native