Cherokee Nationannual Tribal Youth Summit on March 19 at the Chota Center in Tahlequah, and we invite young people ages 14 to 22 to attend. It is a chance to connect with other Cherokee youth and spend quality time immersed in Cherokee culture and leadership development. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “Empowering Youth.” There is no better way to empower youth than to give them the tools and resources they need to succeed. We expect close to 200 attendees, and our aim is to help them develop goals, set benchmarks for themselves and learn new ways to reach those objectives. Our hope is that our Cherokee youth will be inspired. When they return to their schools, families and communities, it will be with a stronger Cherokee identity and a better idea of how to make positive changes in the world.
Whether they leave home to get a college education or remain in their communities and enter the workforce, young Cherokees, with the right map and circle of support, will find their way to the Cherokee Nation to offer the skills, talent and abilities that will better the lives of the Cherokee people. Whether they are interested in history, science or arts, there is a place for these future leaders in the Cherokee Nation and beyond. As Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I have traveled across our 14 counties and throughout our at-large Cherokee communities, meeting youth from every area along the way. I can say with confidence that the Cherokee Nation is in good hands. Our future is bright because our young people are engaged and committed to our culture, our values and our Nation. The Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council plays a vital role in engaging young people in tribal governance and ensuring their voices are heard. Their leadership on important issues, such as language revitalization, is critical to ensure such efforts perpetuate.
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The world could use more Cherokee leaders, and I know no group of people is more committed to leading with bold, innovative ideas than our creative young people who have a passion for public service and broadening their own knowledge base and skill sets. We must ensure Cherokee youth remain a priority, and the upcoming Youth Summit will provide an important forum as our young people continue to grow as leaders in their communities. Register online at cnyouthsummit.eventbrite.com or call 918-772-4205 for more information.
Chuck Hoskin Jr. is the 18th elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States. He is only the second elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from Vinita, the first being Thomas Buffington, who served from 1899-1903. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, Hoskin served as the tribe’s Secretary of State. He also formerly served as a member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, representing District 11 for six years.
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