In celebration of the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering this week and as tribute to local culture, the Native American Journalists Association will highlight eastern tribal youth performers at the opening and closing ceremonies of it’s National Native Media Conference.
The opening reception will feature Stephanie Collier, a Cherokee student with Washington Internships for Native Students, who will share a rare song that originated during the Trail of Tears. Her performance will segue to a panel discussion on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s new Nation to Nation Treaty exhibit with curator Suzan Shown Harjo. Charlie LeDuff will close as keynote speaker.
Naticoke Lenni-Lenape youth Duncan Munson will perform a hoop dance at the closing Banquet and Awards ceremony. He will follow a keynote address by Amanda Blackhorse.
According to NAJA event coordinator Cristy Davies, both programs will be tightly packed with high-caliber keynotes and speakers. Federal officials Kevin Washburn, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs for the Department of the Interior, Charles “Monty” Roessel, director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Honorable Sally Jewell, secretary of DOI will also be featured.
“Being in The Capital and having all of these really intense speakers present makes it a fantastic year for the National Native Media Conference,” said Davies.
The opening reception is on Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. and the final banquet and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m. - Dyáni Brown