FAQs: White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Participation

2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE TRIBAL NATIONS CONFERENCE

What is the White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC)?

The White House Tribal Nations Conference is a convening that brings together leaders of the 567 federally recognized American Indian tribes to meet with representatives of the White House Administration and federal agencies to discuss important issues affecting tribal communities and strengthen nation-to-nation relationships. This year will mark the eighth White House Tribal Nations Conference, and the third time Native youth have been invited to formally participate in this event.

Where will the WHTNC be held?

The White House Tribal Nations Conference will be held in Washington, DC. More details will be shared with those selected to attend the conference.

When will the WHTNC take place?

This year, the White House Tribal Nations Conference will take place in late-September. More details will be shared with those selected to participate in the event.

Who is eligible to apply to attend?

To be eligible to apply to attend the White house Tribal Nations Conference, Native youth between the ages of 14 and 24 years old must a) be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe; b) take or have already taken the Gen-I Challenge (everyone will have to describe their Gen-I Challenge activities) c) apply online by 11:59 pm PST on August 22, 2016.

ABOUT GENERATION INDIGENOUS

What is Gen-I?

Gen-I is short for Generation Indigenous, a broad and inclusive movement initiated by President Obama to remove barriers between Native youth and their success. The launch of Gen-I consisted of several initiatives to better support Native youth including: new Native Youth Community Projects; a National Native Youth Network; the release of the White House Native Youth Report; a Cabinet Listening tour in which Cabinet secretaries visited various communities in Indian Country; and the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in 2015. Click here to learn more about Gen-I.

What is the Gen-I Challenge? 

The Gen-I Challenge is a pledge to do something positive in your Native community and it serves as your entry point to the Gen-I National Native Youth Network. To accept the Gen-I Challenge, youth must 1) ACT – Do something to positively impact your tribal or urban Indian community; 2) CAPTURE photo or video of you taking positive action; and 3) SHARE your Gen-I Challenge story and photos/videos with the Center for Native American Youth through a brief online form. Once you’ve taken the Gen-I Challenge, you can become more involved as a Gen-I Ambassador. Being an Ambassador means that you’ll share everything you learn from the Gen-I Network with other youth in your community. It’s that simple!

APPLYING TO THE WHITE HOUSE TRIBAL NATIONS CONFERENCE

Why should I apply to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference?

President Obama and the current White House Administration have made Native youth a priority in a number of ways, including extending the invitation to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference to Native youth. The WHTNC is an opportunity to share your perspective as a young tribal member among hundreds of tribal leaders, federal agency representatives, and members of the White House Administration. It is important that Native youth take advantage of opportunities like these to have your voice heard by policy and decision-makers whose work directly affects you, your families, and communities.

How do I apply to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference?

Native youth who meet all eligibility criteria must apply online to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference. The application requires you to describe your Gen-I Challenge activities and share your thoughts on the importance of Generation Indigenous to you, your tribal community, and you in Indian Country as a whole.

When is the application deadline?

In order to apply to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and submit a complete application by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on August 22, 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

When will I know whether or not I’ve been selected to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference?

Youth will be notified of their application status as soon as possible after the close of the application.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION

Do I need to fill out the whole application?

Yes. Only those who submit a full application will be eligible to attend. Each youth will be judged by the strength of their overall application.

What if I already took the Gen-I Challenge?

That is completely fine. You will simply need to describe your Gen-I Challenge activities and upload any photos that capture you in action.

What if I haven’t take the Gen-I Challenge?

This is your opportunity to do so! In the appropriate box, describe actions that you plan to take to improve your community.

What if I am a descendant of more than one tribe?

Please list the federally recognized tribe you are enrolled on your application. This opportunity is only available to youth enrolled in federally recognized tribes.

What if I don’t have a working phone number?

If you do not have a phone number of your own, please list the phone number of a parent or guardian who can help us get in touch with you regarding your application. Please note that if you are selected to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference, we will need to be able to reach you by phone to communicate event updates and in case of emergency.

What if I’m younger than 14 or older than 24?

This opportunity is only open to youth between 14 and 24 years old.

When is the application deadline?

August 22 at 11:59pm PST.

What does PST mean?

PST means Pacific Standard Time.

AFTER SELECTION

If selected, what will my role be at the White House Tribal Nations Conference?

If selected to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference, you will participate in the conference and in breakout sessions alongside tribal leaders, in addition to youth-specific programming to prepare you for conference participation. A complete agenda will be shared with selected youth at a later date.

Is funding available for selected youth to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference?

The White House Tribal Nations Conference is a self-funded opportunity. We suggest reaching out to tribal office and others in your community to raise funding to support your travel expenses.

Should I book my trip immediately?

No. Do not book any travel accommodations until after being notified that you have been selected to attend.

Do I need a chaperone if I’m under 18?

Yes. Youth under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a chaperone.

Will my chaperone be able to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference?

Chaperones will participate in the WHTNC with youth, however, chaperones may not have access to all of the WHTNC events in which youth participate. Chaperones should be prepared to sit out for some conference activities and should not assume that they will receive the same clearance credentials as selected youth participants.

If you have any questions, please contact cnayinfo@aspeninstitute.org or call (202) 736-3577.

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