National | Politics

Nearly 900 youth in town for White House Tribal Youth Gathering

National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby addresses the White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C., Photo by Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune / Twitter

More than 875 Native youth are in Washington, D.C., today for the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering.

The participants in the historic event represent more than 230 tribes and hail from 48 states. They are part of Generation Indigenous, a new initiative launched by President Barack Obama last year to focus on the issues facing young American Indians and Alaska Natives.

"Gen-I is about creating new policies and investments to expand educational, employment, health and social services for Native youth, and also to strengthen the administration’s engagement with public and private partners to improve outcomes for all youth," White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz said on a conference call on Wednesday.

The youth are meeting at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel near the White House. They will hear from First Lady Michelle Obama before lunch.

The opening and closing sessions of the day-long gathering are being webcast on Livestream.

Get the Story:
Native American youth gather in DC for inaugural summit (AP 7/9)
White House Hosts First-Ever Tribal Youth Gathering (The Huffington Post 7/9)
Native American youth gather at White House for inaugural summit (UPI 7/9)
Trip of a lifetime for teens from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (KTIV 7/7)
Omaha Youth Headed To White House (KMTV 7/6)
Cass Lake woman to take part in tribal youth gathering in Washington, D.C. (The Grand Forks Herald 7/6)
Māori youth prepare for indigenous conference at White House (Maori Television 7/6)

Join the Conversation

Related Stories:
Native youth arriving in nation's capital for White House gathering (7/8)
Company pushing mine at sacred site gives $10K to Apache youth (7/8)
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud youth hold suicide awareness walk (7/3)
Ponca Tribe sends twelve youth to White House conference (6/30)
Students from Oglala Sioux Tribe get close with First Lady Obama (6/4)
Native youth help First Lady Obama harvest White House garden (6/2)
Deadline extended for White House Tribal Youth Gathering (05/11)
President Obama invites Native youth to White House on July 9 (04/27)
Mark Trahant: Invest in our Native youth for long-term success (04/24)
Opinion: First Lady brings truth with remarks about Native youth (04/23)
White House Blog: Improving the lives of Native American youth (04/22)
First Lady Obama speaks to Native youth at White House session (04/08)
First Lady Obama to deliver remarks at Native youth meeting (04/03)
White House Blog: Launching the Gen-I Tribal Leader Challenge (3/12)
Interview: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Native youth focus (03/11)
Jodi Gillette: Administration making progress in Indian Country (03/02)
President Obama makes Native youth a priority in administration (12/04)
White House to host first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering next year (12/03)
White House Fact Sheet: Sixth annual Tribal Nations Conference (12/3)
White House invites youth to DC for Tribal Nations Conference (11/26)
Obamas welcome youth from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to DC (11/21)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux youth to join White House meet (11/21)