MPTN Youth Council Group Photo Photo Credit: Ryan Mastro
From Left to Right: Nakai Northrup (Youth Council Advisor); Fatia Rickerson (Youth Ambassador); Shaquanna Sebastian (Chairwoman); Lanette Hernandez (Secretary); Leyanna Minnis (Vice Chairwoman); Mylasia Thomass (Youth Council Advisor); and Phyllip Thomas (Treasurer)

Weeuypuyôq (Welcome)!

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Youth Council is an elected leadership body that represents Tribal Members age 24 and under. As a voice for the Tribe’s younger generations, the Youth Council ensures their inclusion within internal and external conversations regarding the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

The goals of the Youth Council are:

  • To assist the Tribe in strengthening its social, cultural and economic foundation so that they can never be undermined or destroyed, in accordance with the Tribe’s Mission Statement
  • To ensure that the voices of Tribal Youth are included in conversations about community issues—both inside and outside of Mashantucket
  • To identify the unique needs and perspectives of Tribal Youth within the context of leadership values that encourage understanding, respect, integrity, and empowerment
  • To develop and strengthen relationships with youth leadership from other Tribal Communities


The Officers of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Youth Council (as of January 2018) are:

Shaquanna Sebastian – Chair
Leyanna Minnis – Vice-Chair
Lanette Hernandez – Secretary
Phyllip Thomas – Treasurer
Fatia Rickerson – Ambassador


These leaders have embraced the opportunity to improve their Tribal Community in many ways, while also strengthening the support levels for and treatment of the Tribe’s Youth within social, education and career development settings.

On behalf of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Youth Council, we extend our sincere appreciation to you for visiting our page.

Kutaputuyumuw (thank you)!