Senator Dorgan and the Center receive NIGA Chairman’s Leadership Award

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Center for Native American Youth Receives National Indian Gaming Association Chairman’s Leadership Award

Chairman Ernie Stevens bestows Former US Senator Byron Dorgan and the
Center for Native American Youth with his Chairman’s Leadership Award.

Washington, DC, April 2, 2012 —- Today, former US Senator Byron Dorgan and the organization he founded — Center for Native American Youth
— will be honored with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)
Chairman’s Leadership Award. The award will be given to Senator Dorgan
during an Award Luncheon at 12:30 PM at NIGA’s Annual Tradeshow and
in San Diego, California. The NIGA Chairman’s Leadership Award
honors individuals and tribes who have contributed and advocated for
tribal sovereignty and economic development. Chairman Ernie Stevens
created the Chairman’s Leadership Award 10 years ago.

Dorgan has been a true champion for American Indians for decades. His
passion for our children is inspiring. We admire his leadership and NIGA
will continue to support his work at the Center for Native American
Youth,” said Chairman of NIGA and well-known Indian youth advocate,
Ernie Stevens.

The Chairman’s Leadership Award will be presented in front of 500 tribal leaders, tribal regulators, and Indian gaming industry professionals. Senator
Dorgan will be introduced by Billy Mills, Olympic Gold Medalist, Native
American, and champion for youth in Indian Country. Following
introduction, Senator Dorgan will deliver remarks,
discussing why of all the issues he worked on after 30 years in
Congress, he believes Native youth need to be a top priority for this

you to Chairman Stevens and NIGA for their support of this important
program. This award is a great honor for the Center,” said former US
Senator Byron Dorgan.

his remarks Senator Dorgan will also highlight the Center for Native
American Youth’s major accomplishments in its first year, including:


  • 20 roundtables in nine states
    with youth from more than 100 tribes, as part of an effort to hear
    directly from youth about what is going on in their communities;
  • a series of federal agency resource roundtables to develop coordinated strategies and action in addressing the challenges facing Native youth;
  • the development of the Center’s one-stop shop resource center for Native youth, tribes and the general public; and the production of a public service announcement (PSA) featuring Senator Dorgan and two of the Center’s board  members, NCAI President Jefferson Keel and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox. 

have a lot of work to do together to improve the lives of Native
American youth. I am grateful for your support and partnership,”
remarked Senator Dorgan. “I’m convinced if we continue our work we will
save lives in Indian Country,” said Senator Dorgan.

Event details:
Chairman Award Luncheon at NIGA Tradeshow and Convention
San Diego Convention Center; San Diego, CA
Ballroom 20BCD
12:30 PM — 2:00 PM


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