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Adam Becenti named tribal liaison/cultural coordinator for Cedar Bough Native American Program at Youth Villages Oregon

November 19, 2013

Adam Becenti

Adam Becenti

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Adam Becenti, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, has been named tribal liaison/cultural coordinator for the Cedar Bough Native American program at Youth Villages Oregon.

The program offers culturally responsive residential treatment for Native American youth and other young people who can benefit from a strong cultural and spiritual program. In his position, Becenti helps Native American youth connect or reconnect to their cultural and spiritual heritage in the program. He also works with the program’s Native American Advisory Council led by Dr. John Spence.

From the clan of Red Running Into the Water, Becenti grew up on the border of the Navajo Tribal Nation in Gallup, N.M.

“Growing up, my grandfather taught me traditional Navajo culture and practice, giving me a strong foundation,” Becenti said. “I’m proud to be helping Native children and youth in this program and will be meeting with tribal leaders throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to learn more about their needs and expectations for our services.”

Becenti has bachelor’s degrees in psychology and ethnic studies from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis on education policy from the University of Michigan. He worked to recruit and retain Native American students for the University of Colorado and has diverse experience in Native American programs including College Horizons, United National Indian Tribal Youth and the Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative.

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