2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference Application is Open!

For the third consecutive year, the Obama Administration is inviting a diverse group of Native American youth (ages 14-24) from across the country to participate in the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference in late-September in Washington, DC (exact date TBD). The annual conference provides youth with the opportunity to join elected officials from the 567 federally recognized tribes in engaging directly with the President and members of his cabinet.

The White House is inviting Native youth who are part of Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) to apply to attend this year’s conference. Don’t worry if you are not yet a part of Gen-I, there’s still time to take the Gen-I Challenge! Interested youth must submit an online application by 11:59pm PST on August 22 to be eligible to attend. Additional details about the conference, including conference dates and agenda, will be released at a later date.

To be eligible, Native youth (ages 14-24) must meet the following criteria (***Please see this FAQ to help with any questions you might have):

  • Complete an online application – which includes taking the Gen-I Challenge and writing a brief essay (applicants will be judged on the strength of their application) by August 22, 2016 at 11:59pm PST;
  • Be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe (to check if your tribe is federally recognized, click here);
  • Be available to travel to Washington, DC in late-September for the conference (exact dates will be announced in the coming weeks);
  • Be able to raise funds to support your own travel, lodging and meals for the conference; and
  • If under 18 years-old, be able to secure an adult chaperone (over the age of 18) and necessary funding for chaperone travel, lodging and meals.

Interested youth must submit an online application by 11:59pm PST on Monday, August 22, 2016. Similar to the 2015 White House Tribal Youth Gathering, this opportunity is self-funded, so youth participants will be responsible for raising the funds necessary for travel, lodging and meals. Do not book airfare or lodging until you have been notified that you have been selected to attend.

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


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