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Ponca Tribe sends twelve youth to White House conference

Youth from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska created the Ponca Pantry to help elders. Photo from Facebook

Twelve young members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will attend the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering next week.

The youth accepted the Generation Indigenous challenge and created the Ponca Pantry, WOWT reported. They are collecting food, clothing and other items to distribute to elders, the station said.

The conference takes place July 9 at Renaissance Downtown Hotel near the White House. Over 600 youth from all corners of Indian Country are expected to attend the historic event.

YouTube: President Obama Addresses the 2015 Gathering Of Nations Powwow

"We want young leaders to share their stories with our country and to have opportunities to turn their talent and passion into strong leadership for the future of tribal nations and of America," President Barack Obama said in a message delivered via video during the Gathering of Nations powwow in New Mexico in April.

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