The Center for Native American Youth and our founder and chairman, US Senator Byron Dorgan, announced today that Robert McGhee has agreed to serve on the board of advisors for the Center for Native American Youth. McGhee, current Treasurer of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama, has been a longtime advocate for Native American children. He will join the Center for Native American Youth’s board of advisors and team who are working to bring national attention to the challenges and successes experienced by the nation’s youngest First Americans. This past June, McGhee was a panelist for our event on Indian child welfare.
“He has already been an important and influential supporter for the Center for Native American Youth and our efforts to positively impact the lives of youth,” Senator Dorgan remarked about Mr. McGhee. “I am thrilled he is willing to join the Board.”
Mr. McGhee’s leadership and passion for positively impacting Native American children includes a career in social work and service on the board of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Further, on behalf of
the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, he was the first to present Senator Dorgan and the Center for Native American Youth with financial support. Poarch presented a check for $20,000 at the launch of the organization in 2011.
“It was because of expertise and support like that from Poarch Band of Creek Indians that the Center has been able to reach out to over 2,000 youth through 75 roundtables in 17 states and successfully advocate for new resources to benefit young people in Indian Country,” said Erin Bailey, director of the
“I believe in the work of the Center and am honored that Senator Dorgan asked me to join him in this
important effort,” commented Robert McGhee. “There is lots of work to be done to address the needs facing our youth and this organization is a crucial piece of those efforts.”