Nearly 1,000 tribal youth will be in Washington DC this Thursday, July 9, for the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering, a day-long collaborative between the White House and United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY). President Obama announced the event at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December as part of his Generation Indigenous initiative to better serve the needs of tribal youth across Indian Country.
The day will consist of 10 breakout sessions for youth to address federal agents about issues affecting their communities and include a special address from the First Lady and a closing reception hosted by Nike N-7.
“This can lead to more opportunities for Native youth to voice their opinions on a national level,” said Tyler Owens, a National Congress of American Indian youth representative from the Gila River Indian Community.
The event will also feature presentations from youth who participated in the Generation Indigenous Youth Challenge.
While the event is exclusive to youth ages 14 to 24, anyone can tune in to watch via a free Livestream feed using the link:
- Dyáni Brown