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Autumn Adams poses for a portrait on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Yakima, Wash.

Adams, who entered the foster care system at age 9 and is raising two of her siblings while attending college, was named by The Aspen Institute as one of the 2019 Champions for Change for her work in several areas. She is passionate about several issues affecting Native youth, including the Indian Child Welfare Act, education, reforming museums, missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and ensuring cultural continuity. Champions for Change serve as representatives of the next generations of leaders in Indian Country, according to the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute. Adams recently returned from a week in Washington, D.C., with the other Champions for Change, where they met with their state senators and representatives to discuss the issues that are important to them.

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