County: Yakima County
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2022
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Devin Sampson, an enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and descendent of the Yakama Nation. Devin graduated from White Swan High School in 2021. His passions in school were being a part of the leadership program, football, basketball, and baseball. He also spent three years in the Upward Bound program of Washington. While in school, he hosted a school video program centered around school activities and events called Cougar Spirit. His love for being around the camera and interviewing classmates led to him being selected as a speaker at his high school’s graduation ceremony.
Devin spent 2 weeks in a youth program hosted by the Yakama Nation Library in Toppenish, WA. and was fortunate enough to be able to work with the Red Eagle Soaring drama group (Seattle) and had a role as Eagle Boy in a staged play. At age 14, Devin starred in a short film called Guardian Ancestor. His first acting role saw him delivering dramatic and comedic scenes. The film was selected for multiple film festivals and seen around the country. His goal is to start his own podcast, focused on current and former Native American personalities changing the world for the better.