Nathan Balk King
Provincetown, MA | 19
2020 Award Recipient
When he was 16 years old, Nathan Balk King attended the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference, where he was the only Native American student delegate. Inspired by the significance of the United Nations to the Native community in the United States, Nathan created Model United Nations: Indigenous (MUNI) to empower indigenous communities by giving Native high school students the tools, impetus, and confidence to participate in public policy and human rights advocacy, from the community level to the global stage. He successfully recruited 12 delegates and fundraised to send them to the following year’s NHSMUN conference. The International Model United Nations Association (IMUNA) endorsed MUNI and included the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at NHSMUN for the first time in its 45-year history. MUNI offers an online education service for Native youth to learn about indigenous human rights, the United Nations, and Model United Nations, and plans to host a virtual MUN: Indigenous conference. Additionally, Nathan is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
(photo by Cindy Caughey)
Nathan created Model United Nations: Indigenous to empower other indigenous students to participate in Model United Nations as well as public policy and human rights advocacy within the public sphere.