July 19 Policy and Resource Roundtable – Data and Native Youth

On Friday July
19, 2013, the Center for Native American Youth held its tenth quarterly Policy
and Resource Roundtable in Washington, DC around the issue of “Data and Native American Youth.” The
goal of the roundtable series is to convene and foster discussions and
connections that will promote collaboration and coordination across national
stakeholders – federal agencies and national tribal organizations – as well as
prioritize Native youth in policy and resource development.

Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.), Chairman
and Founder of the Center for Native American Youth set the stage by describing
the importance of data to policymakers and also highlighted the need to raise
awareness about the impact of sequestration on Native youth. Following those
remarks, participants discussed challenges, gaps, and initiatives related to
data – specifically how they relate to Native youth.

The featured
speakers included:

·        
Rod Robinson, Director, Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse,
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
;

·        
Joaquin Gallegos, Center for Native American Youth –
Champion for Change
;

·        
Malia Villegas, Director, Policy Research
Center, National Congress of American Indians;

·        
Jack Trope, Executive Director, Association on American Indian Affairs

The event was a
success with nearly 40 attendees, ten of which were Native youth participating
in the Washington Internships for
Native Students
(WINS) program. We look forward to our next Policy and Resource
Roundtable on October 11!

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