Tribal Youth Conference July 9th in Washington DC

By: Stephanie Conduff | Attorney | stephanie.conduff@procopio.com
Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com

This summer will mark the first-ever Native youth conference hosted by the White House. It will be held July 9th in Washington DC when Native youth will meet with Obama Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs to discuss our issues and needs from a multi-generational approach that is often not consulted by presidential administrations.

The conference is designed for Native youth, ages 14-24, and applicants must complete the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge to be eligible to attend in person.

Applications are due May 8th so our youth have just two more weeks to have their application considered.

I am inspired by the Gen-I Stories of Inspirations I’ve read here.

Zach Garcia, a Chickasaw Nation Composer, is an award-winning musician and basketball player. Then there is Teressa Baldwin, an Alaska Native who commits herself to preventing suicide in her community by participating in formal Gubernatorial appointments to the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council and creating a non-profit organization as a high school student – Hope4Alaska. And we have Dirk Whitebreast who is gearing up to run 262 miles after losing his 18 year-old-sister to suicide. He is raising awareness by running 10 marathons in 30 days to highlight the challenges faced by Native youth.

These youth are three great reasons for the White House to finally recognize the power of our collective youth voice – and formally host them in consultation – to empower our Native communities to find solutions. If there are Native youth in your community that have a compelling story about their challenges in Indian Country, they should be in DC at the July 9th Tribal Youth Conference. Please make sure they apply by May 8th. We need to encourage future leadership today. And then encourage them to seek positions in our Tribal governments soon after.

For more information about the White House Tribal Nations Conference please visit here.

Stephanie Conduff, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Environmental Team and a member of the Native American Law practice group. Her practice emphasizes working with tribal governments, individual Native people, and companies doing business in Indian Country. She provides advice and strategic policy analysis on national regulatory issues and advises clients of the legal and policy issues. Stephanie’s work focuses on tribal sovereignty and self-governance, tribal lands, and the federal trust responsibility.

Ted is head of the Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Connect with Ted at ted.griswold@procopio.com and 619.515.3277.