White House Tribal Youth Gathering

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At the last White House Tribal Nations Conference in December, President Obama announced the launch of Generation Indigenous (Gen I), a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to help improve the lives and opportunities for Native youth and will include:

  • New Native Youth Community Projects, administered by the Department of Education (ED) through the existing Demonstration Grants Program to provide funding in a select number of Native communities to support culturally relevant coordinated strategies designed to improve the college-and-career readiness of Native children and youth.
  • New National Tribal Youth Network program in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth. The Youth Network supports leadership development, provide peer support through an interactive online portal that links resources and tools, and empowers youth to become leaders within their communities. The White House, in cooperation with the Aspen Institute, will also host a high-level convening on challenges facing Native youth in February 2015.
  • The release of the White House Native Youth Report that acknowledges past failures of federal policy on the education of Native students, explores the breadth of the challenges facing Native children, and makes recommendations for a path forward.
  • The launch of the Cabinet Native Youth Listening Tour, which is part of the President’s call to hear directly from Native youth on how to bolster federal policies to improve youth outcomes. In addition, the Administration is expanding federal outreach on youth internships and employment opportunities across the federal agencies.
  • The first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering to engage hundreds of Native youth in a day-long convening in the summer of 2015.  This gathering builds on the November 2014 Native Youth Conference hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  and the tribal youth visit with President Obama.
  • Blueprint for Reform released in June 2014 to address the crisis in Indian education and strengthen the critical education needs of Native students.

FLOTUS WH Tribal Youth GatheringApril 24, 2015

White House to Host Tribal Youth Gathering

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The Tribal Youth Gathering, a collaboration between the White House and Unity Inc., will continue to build upon the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential. The Gen-I Native Youth Challenge invites Native youth and organizations across the country to become a part of the Administration’s Gen-I initiative by joining the National Native Youth Network — a White House effort in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/24/white-house-host-tribal-youth-gathering



We want to give those young people and young Native Americans like them the support they deserve. We have to invest in them, and believe in them, and love them. And if we do, there’s no question of the great things they can achieve — not just for their own families, but for their nation and for the United States. 

—     President Obama, White House Tribal Nations Conference, December 3, 2014



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Thursday, July 9, 2015
White House Tribal Youth Gathering
Washington, DC
Live Stream: http://livestream.com/accounts/14128713/events/4184612


July 10 – 14, 2015 2015
National UNITY Conference
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC





23 thoughts on “White House Tribal Youth Gathering

  1. WH

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of Treasury Secretary Lew
    Oval Office

    3:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
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  2. White House Tribal Youth Gathering

    2015 National UNITY Conference will be held at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC from July 10 – 14, 2015.


    President Obama Announces “Generation Indigenous” Initiative to Assist American Indian Youth

    12/8/14 indianyouth.org

    President Obama announced a new initiative to assist American Indian youth at the Tribal Nations Conference on Dec 3.

    The initiative, called Generation Indigenous (Gen I) “will take a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to help improve the lives and opportunities for Native youth,” according to a White House press release.

    The initiative includes:

    * New Native Youth Community Projects to provide Native communities with funding for culturally appropriate college and career readiness strategies, administered by the Department of Education.

    * A National Tribal Youth Network to provide leadership development, foster online peer-to-peer support, and empower youth to become community leaders. The White House will work with the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) on this project, according to the press release. CNAY will also hold a conference at the White House in February 2015 to discuss the challenges facing Native Youth, according to the press release and the Jamestown Sun.

    * The release of the White House Native Youth Report, which discusses challenges Native youth face, looks at how past federal policies have contributed to these challenges, and explores how to move forward.

    * The Cabinet Native Youth Listening Tour which will begin next year & serve as a way for Native youth to speak out about how federal policies can better serve them, and be heard.

    * A White House Tribal Youth Gathering in the summer of 2015, which will host hundreds of Native youth.

    For more: http://indianyouth.org/news/detail/president-obama-announces-generation-indigenous-initiative-to-assist-americ

    • Tribal Nations Conference Will Emphasize Outreach to Native Youth

      12/3/14 Vincent Schilling – indiancountrytodaymedianetwork

      This week marks the 6th annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in which President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other political powerhouses meet with leaders of the 566 federally recognized tribes from all over the U.S. While the council has in the past addressed important issues as upholding treaty and trust responsibilities, sovereignty and healthcare, this year’s conference looks to address the needs of youth in Indian country.

      According to the Office of the Press Secretary, this year’s Conference builds on the President’s visit in June of this year to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. During his visit, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to education and economic development.

      Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/12/03/tribal-nations-conference-will-emphasize-outreach-native-youth-158097

    • President Obama Addresses the 2015 Gathering Of Nations Powwow

      Published on Apr 25, 2015

      President Obama Welcomes the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations PowWow and takes about Generation Indigenous

    • July 09, 2015

      Remarks by The First Lady at White House Tribal Youth Gathering

      The Renaissance Hotel
      Washington, D.C.

      11:30 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Wow, look at all of you! (Applause.) Wow. How are you guys doing? Good? (Applause.) Having fun? (Applause.) That’s good. You guys, rest yourselves. You’ve been working hard. You deserve a seat.

      Let me just say this — I am beyond thrilled to be here with all of you today for the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering. You all look so amazing. Wow. (Applause.)

      Let me start by thanking Hamilton. Did I hear somebody call — you called him “Hammy?” (Applause.) I want to thank Hamilton for his very kind introduction. And I also want to thank Secretary Jewell for her leadership on making this possible, as well as Secretary Burwell, Attorney General Lynch, who were also involved in co-sponsoring this event. I want to join Hamilton in thanking all of the members of Congress who joined us throughout the day and will be joining you all throughout the day.

      I want to acknowledge all of the elders and the tribal leaders who are here with us today to support all of these amazing young people. Let’s give a hand to our elders and our leaders. (Applause.) Thank you.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, First Lady! (Laughter and applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, I think it goes without saying that I love you too. (Applause.) And I am just so proud to be able to welcome you all, the young leaders who have traveled here to D.C., or are tuning in from more than 65 watch parties all over the country.

      We have such an extraordinary group here today — more than 1,000 young people representing 230 tribes from 42 states. We have the Mohawk, Seneca, and Onandaga Nations of the Northeast. We have the Crow, Comanche, and Spirit Lake Nations of the plains. We have the Navajo, Pueblo, and Hopi Nations of the Southwest. (Applause.) Everybody’s here! (Applause.) We have Native Hawaiians who are here, Alaska natives, including a young group of Inupiaq youth who traveled thousands of miles from the Native Village of Barrow, which is the northernmost city in the United States of America. And together, you represent so many rich cultures and such a proud heritage –- one that has shaped this country for centuries. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/09/remarks-first-lady-white-house-tribal-youth-gathering

  3. MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey, Purchase Index up Sharply YoY

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 08, 2015 by Bill McBride on 7/08/2015 07:00:00 AM – calculatedrisk

    Note: Results for holiday weeks can be very volatile.

    From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
    Mortgage applications increased 4.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 3, 2015. This week’s results included an adjustment for the July 4th holiday. …

    The Refinance Index increased 3 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 7 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 4 percent compared with the previous week and was 32 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

    Read more at http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2015/07/mba-mortgage-applications-increase-in.html

  4. Why Muslims are raising money for black churches destroyed by fire (+video)

    Muslim organizations have joined together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire since the nine murders in Charleston, S.C. last month. The campaign coincides with Ramadan, a time of greater charity in the Muslim faith.

    JULY 7, 2015 By Kelsey Warner – csmonitor

    Three Muslim organizations have banded together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire after nine people were shot and killed in a Charleston, S.C. church on June 17.

    “To many it is clear that these are attacks on Black culture, Black religion and Black lives,” the organizers of the fundraiser say on the campaign web page.

    Four of the eight churches have been ruled arson and are being investigated. Three others are being investigated for possible arson.

    “We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities. We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country,” the campaign page, organized by MuslimARC, the Arab-American Association of New York, and Ummah Wide, a digital media startup focused on Muslim issues, says.

    The campaign is being crowdfunded (that is, any given amount donated by lots of different people toward a larger goal) on a website called LaunchGood.

    For more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/0707/Why-Muslims-are-raising-money-for-black-churches-destroyed-by-fire-video

  5. White House Champions of Change – Precision Medicine
    The White House

    Published on Jul 8, 2015

    Today’s White House Champions of Change for Precision Medicine event honored the work being done by patients, researchers, innovators, and advocates who are advancing our understanding of health and disease by harnessing data to take account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles into account to improve patients’ health.

  6. WH

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:15 PM
    President Obama meets with Attorney General Lynch
    Oval Office

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an event hosted by Freedom to Marry
    Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  7. White House Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Forum

    Published on Jul 9, 2015

    The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the East Coast Asian American Student Union host the fifth-annual White House AAPI Youth Forum, July 9, 2015.

  8. Vice President Joe Biden to celebrate Supreme Court victory with Freedom to Marry

    Jul 07, 2015 at 04:07 pm By Lily Hiott-Millis – freedomtomarry.org

    Tomorrow, Thursday, July 9, Freedom to Marry will host a special event celebrating the monumental and historic United States Supreme Court ruling last month that brought the freedom to marry to the entire nation. We are proud to welcome Vice President Joe Biden as a special guest at the event. The Vice President will deliver remarks at the event on the decades of work so many have devoted to winning the freedom to marry nationwide.

    On the day that the decision was announced by the United States Supreme Court, Vice Presiden Biden expressed his pride in the ruling:

    Today, the Supreme Court affirmed that simple proposition—supported by a majority of Americans and a majority of our states—by recognizing that men marrying men and women marrying women are guaranteed the same civil rights and equal protection under our Constitution afforded to Jill and me, and to anyone else.

    We couldn’t be prouder. Over the years—in their homes, on our staff, on the frontlines of war, and in houses of worship—Jill and I have befriended countless gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans who share a love for their partners constrained only by social stigma and discriminatory laws. But today, their love is set free with the right to marry and the recognition of that marriage throughout the country.

    This day is for them, their children, and their families. And it is for generations of advocates—gay, lesbian, transgender, straight—who for decades fought a lonely and dangerous battle. People of absolute courage who risked their lives, jobs, and reputations to come forward in pursuit of the basic right recognized today, but at a time when neither the country nor the courts would protect or defend them.

    And this day is for history to remember as one where, as a nation, our laws finally recognize that all people should be treated with respect and dignity—and that all marriages, at their root, are defined by unconditional love.

    For more: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/vice-president-joe-biden-to-attend-celebration-for-the-freedom-to-marry

  9. Ambassador Rice Offers a Statement on South Sudan Independence Day

    Published on Jul 9, 2015

    Today, National Security Advisor Susan Rice recorded a video message to the people of South Sudan to mark the country’s Independence Day. Her message is direct and powerful: South Sudanese leaders are choosing war over dialogue; violence over development; and abuses over governance. They are abdicating their responsibility to create a nation where the South Sudanese people can pursue their aspirations in peace and with dignity. In her message, Ambassador Rice makes clear that the United States will continue to stand with those who strive for a better future, and will hold accountable the spoilers who stand in their way.

  10. South Carolina governor signs bill to remove Confederate flag

    July 09, 2015, 04:26 pm By Jesse Byrnes

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Thursday signed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds

    “This is a story about action. This is a story about the history of South Carolina,” Haley said during a press conference after signing the bill.

    “Today, I am very proud to say, that it is a great day in South Carolina,” Haley said.

    Haley called for the flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds days after a June 17 shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine people dead.

    “May we never forget the actions those people took to get us to this point today,” Haley said of those who died. She was flanked by members of their families on Thursday.

    The state House voted 97-23 early Thursday to remove the flag after more than 12 hours of debate. The South Carolina Senate voted earlier this week to move the legislation.

    The flag will be officially removed on Friday morning [at 10:00 AM ET].

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/247426-south-carolina-governor-signs-bill-to-remove-confederate-flag


      House Ducks Confederate Flag Decision by Canceling Vote

      July 9, 2015 by Billy House and Jim Myers – bloomberg

      Torn between demands to banish the Confederate flag as a symbol of racial hatred and a desire by some lawmakers to let Confederate Memorial Day ceremonies go on unchanged, House leaders punted on the issue for now.

      “I don’t want to see this become a political football,” Speaker John Boehner told reporters as leadership pulled the underlying legislation from floor consideration.

      The Ohio Republican said he wants “members on both sides of the aisle to sit down and address what, quite frankly, has become a thorny issue.”

      Before the bill was pulled, New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries had urged his colleagues to leave intact the Confederate flag restriction in the Interior-EPA appropriations bill, H.R. 2822.

      “We have an opportunity today to make a definitive statement, to be leaders not individuals who cower in fear of some narrow-minded Americans who aren’t aware that the South lost the war 150 years ago,” Jeffries said. “The Confederate battle flag is nothing more than a symbol of racial hatred and oppression.”

      Earlier this week, the House had agreed by voice vote to add to the spending bill restrictions on the display and sale of the flag in national parks. Republican Ken Calvert of California proposed paring back some of those restrictions, and a vote had been scheduled today on his amendment.

      Calvert proposed codifying a National Park Service memorandum that would allow small Confederate flags on graves of Confederate veterans in states that have designated a Confederate Memorial Day. That memo also specifies that the flags should come at no cost to the National Park Service; that they shouldn’t be flown on any cemetery flagpole; and that they be removed as soon as possible after Confederate Memorial Day.

      The memo also asked vendors, nonprofits and partners to “voluntarily withdraw sales in their stores of Confederate flags” and souvenirs with flag on them.

      Boehner didn’t say when he might allow a floor vote. “That bill is going to sit in abeyance until we come to some resolution,” he said.

      Boehner said he doesn’t personally support having Confederate flags in the national cemeteries.

      The bill was pulled from the House floor hours before South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was scheduled to sign a bill removing the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. A flag-removal ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow.

      Still pending in Congress is a measure that would require the removal of Mississippi’s state flag from House office buildings and the House side of the Capitol. The upper corner of that flag shows an emblem of the Confederate battle flag. The resolution, H. Res. 341, by Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, is awaiting action by the House Administration Committee.

      Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-09/house-ducks-confederate-flag-decision-by-canceling-vote

    • Rep. John Lewis delivers emotional floor speech on the Confederate flag

      July 09, 2015, 04:57 pm By Cristina Marcos – TheHill

      Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), one of the key figures in the civil rights movement, gave an emotional plea on the House floor Thursday to ban the display of the Confederate flag.

      Hours earlier, House GOP leaders pulled an Interior Department spending bill from floor consideration due to an intraparty division over whether the Confederate flag should be allowed in certain national cemeteries. And the House effectively punted on whether to ban the display of Confederate images around the Capitol complex.

      “I must tell you, my heart is heavy. I’m saddened by what has happened here in America,” Lewis began.

      Lewis, who is the only living speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, compared signs indicating facilities for “colored” and “white” people to the current struggle over taking down the Confederate flag. The Georgia Democrat served as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was the youngest of the most prominent civil rights activists during the 1960s.

      “During the height of the civil rights movement, we broke those signs down. They are gone. And the only place we would see those signs today would be in a book, in a museum, or on a video,” he said.

      The Confederate flag, he said, should similarly be relegated to history.

      “We need to bring down the flag. The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in every corner of American society,” Lewis said.

      “I don’t want to see our little children, whether they are black or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American, growing up seeing these signs of division,” he added. “Hate is too heavy a burden to bear. We need not continue to plant these seeds in the minds of our people.”

      For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/247436-rep-john-lewis-on-confederate-flag-my-heart-is-heavy

  11. July 08, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Teleconference with the U.S. Negotiating Team in Vienna

    This afternoon, the President and his national security team held a secure video conference with Secretary Kerry, Secretary Moniz and the U.S. negotiating team in Vienna. The President reviewed the progress of negotiations to date, and provided guidance related to our ongoing efforts to achieve a good deal between the P5+1 and Iran that meets our requirements.

  12. July 09, 2015

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

    On behalf of the American people, I express my deep condolences to the family of Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to King Salman, and to the people of Saudi Arabia on the loss of such a committed and accomplished diplomat.

    As the world’s longest serving Foreign Minister, Prince Saud witnessed some of the most challenging periods in the region. At each turn, he advanced the goals of peace, whether negotiating the end to Lebanon’s civil war or helping to launch the Arab Peace Initiative.

    Generations of American leaders and diplomats benefited from Prince Saud’s thoughtful perspective, charisma and poise, and diplomatic skill. He was committed to the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and the pursuit of stability and security in the Middle East and beyond, and his legacy will be remembered around the world. May God grant him peace.

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