DOJ Announces the 2012 National Intertribal Youth Summit!

Reposted from the Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs Website
Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs
Monday, July 30, 2012
Federal Agencies Convene Week-Long Intertribal Youth Summit
Summit Focuses on Critical Youth Issues and Youth Leadership

WASHINGTON – More than 200 American Indian and Alaska Native youth and
adult leaders from 53 tribal communities across the country have
convened at the 2012 National Intertribal Youth Summit.  The conference
will run through Aug. 2, 2012, at the 4-H Conference Center in Chevy
Chase, Md., and at various locations in Washington, D.C.  The summit
coincides with the second anniversary of President Obama’s signing of
the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) into law. 

The summit provides a leadership forum where tribal youth can discuss
critical issues facing them in Indian Country.  It also allows Obama
Administration officials to hear directly from the youth.  The
administration and federal agencies have made a commitment to building
healthier and safer communities through enhanced coordination and
collaboration with tribal partners.

Participants will develop leadership skills and engage in interactive
discussions with tribal elders, leaders and mentors, youth advocates,
and field experts on cultural values and community-based solutions to
these critical issues.  They will also meet with officials from Congress
and the administration, as well as the Departments of Justice,
Interior, Health and Human Services and Education.  During the week-long
event they will visit national monuments, the U.S. Capitol and the
White House.

The Justice Department launched the Youth Summit initiative to promote
long-term improvement in public safety in tribal communities in response
to requests from tribal leaders for the development of culturally
appropriate prevention, early intervention, treatment, rehabilitation
and reentry programs for tribal youth and families. 

“This summit is an opportunity for those of us in Washington to hear
directly from youth as representatives of their tribes,” said Acting
Associate Attorney General Tony West.  “The choices that young leaders
make will help define the future of their tribal nations.  Working
together, we can develop solutions to the challenges that they, their
families and their peers face each day.”


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