Kayah George ‘Halth-Leah’

Scholar, Activist

Kayah George ‘Halth-Leah’ proudly carries the teachings of her Tulalip and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Kayah is a young Indigenous leader, scholar and activist. Kayah advocates for environmental, social justice and Indigenous women’s rights.

Kayah recently completed her second term as the first vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes Youth Council, where she led environmental initiatives including actions to halt the expansion of the Kinder Morgan and Dakota Access Pipelines.

Kayah was chosen as a 2016 White House Gen-I scholar; one of three native girls chosen to attend the White House Council on Women and Girls Summit; and was a scholarship recipient to attend the Inter-Tribal Youth Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C. Kayah has traveled globally speaking on Indigenous issues, most notably COP21-Paris and Garma-Australia.

Kayah is currently president of the First Nations Club at Everett Community College, where she is studying psychology and was recently awarded the school’s "Club Member of the Year" distinction for her leadership. Kayah and her family are looking forward to her high school graduation this June.





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