FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: American Indian Society to Honor Center for Native American Youth with First Daniel K. Inouye Indigenous Spirit Award

THE AMERICAN INDIAN SOCIETY’S 2013 INAUGURAL BALL &
POWWOW

Announce their “Daniel K. Inouye Indigenous Spirit Award”
Winner:

 The Center
for Native American Youth (CNAY), CNAY Chairman and Former US Senator Byron
Dorgan and CNAY Executive Director Erin Bailey to be awarded at the AIS Inaugural
Ball

 To honor the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) and his
decades of his service in the US Congress of on behalf of indigenous people,
The American Indian Society has announced the “Daniel K. Inouye Indigenous
Spirit Award” to be presented during the AIS American Indian Inaugural Ball on
Sunday, January 20, 2013.

The award will be presented collectively to The Center
for Native American Youth, its founder and Chairman US Senator Byron Dorgan
Ret. and the Center’s Executive Director Erin Bailey.

According to Pete Homer, Jr., (Mohave/Shasta, Colorado
River Indian Tribe) the 2013 American Indian Inaugural Ball Chairman, “This
award was created and will be presented in recognition of work by an
organization or Non-Native individual who exhibits the spirit of the Senator
Inouye’s dedication to improvement of the lives of indigenous people.”

“After careful consideration, the AIS working group
collectively agreed that the tireless dedication to our Native youth and work
in Indian Country that has been demonstrated by Former Senator and CNAY
Chairman Byron Dorgan, CNAY Executive Director Erin Bailey and the Center for
Native American Youth as a whole – is exactly what this award stands for.”

Erin Bailey and Former Senator Dorgan were informed they
were being presented with the awards and offered their comments:

CNAY Chairman and
Former Senator Byron Dorgan:
“I am grateful to the American Indian
Society for recognizing our efforts at the Center for Native American Youth. It
is a special honor to receive an award named after a great friend and a
champion for Indian affairs – Senator Daniel Inouye. I created this
organization because I believe all Americans must do more, working with tribal
authorities, to address the needs in Indian Country and improve the lives of
our youngest First Americans. I am proud of what we have accomplished thus far
but there is much more to be done. Thank you to the American Indian Society for
their past and future support.”

CNAY Executive
Director Erin Bailey:
“I am humbled and honored by the American Indian
Society recognizing me, the Center and our founder. The organization exists to
ensure a constant spotlight on Native American youth issues, drive new
resources to the needs of Indian Country, while also sharing the incredibly
inspirational stories of Native youth. Our work and accomplishments would not
have been possible without strong partnerships and support from tribal leaders,
youth and longstanding champion advocates like those behind the American Indian
Society.”

Read the Indian Country Today Story at: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/01/15/american-indian-society-honor-center-native-american-youth-first-daniel-k-inouye.


The American Indian Society of Washington DC (AIS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and athletic scholarships and war veteran outreach to Native American citizens. Since the very first American Indian Ball held in 1969 to honor the Inauguration of President Richard Nixon, the American Indian Society (AIS) has maintained its goals for 47 years to preserve Native culture, perpetuate Indian tradition and to enlighten the public and encourage a better understanding of the ways and culture of today’s contemporary Native people. www.aisball2013.com.

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