Champion for Change to Provide Testimony to
College student Vance Home Gun will provide testimony at U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Native youth priorities for the 114th Congress.
Washington, DC, January 28, 2015 — Today at 2:00 p.m. EST, Vance Home Gun, Center for Native American Youth Champion for Change, will provide testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The oversight hearing is titled, “Indian Country Priorities for the 114th Congress.” Vance will testify on behalf of the Center for Native American Youth on Native American youth priorities.
“We all have the same goal of creating a healthy, more prosperous Indian Country and United States of America,” says Vance Home Gun.”Native youth want to work alongside the 114th Congress as we reach that goal.”
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), a policy program founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan at the Aspen Institute, recognized Vance Home Gun in 2013 as a Champion for Change for his inspirational culture and language preservation efforts. Vance led efforts to revitalize his tribal language and since being named a Champion for Change, he has spoken about leadership across Indian Country to Native youth and other important stakeholders.
“We are excited and proud of Vance’s leadership and are grateful he was invited to speak to the Committee about the importance of investing in the lives of Native youth,” CNAY’s Executive Director commented. “It is important for members of Congress to hear from our youngest First Americans about priorities for their peers and their tribal nations.”
Vance, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and a college student, will share his personal story and discuss priorities for young people in Indian Country. Representatives from the National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Education Association, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and the National Indian Health Board will join Vance on the witness panel.