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Celebrating The Historical Journey of Native American Youth

November 16, 2011

Today the Center for Native American Youth will take a look at the historical journey of Native American youth to commemorate National Native American Heritage Month.

Former US Senator Byron Dorgan, the Center’s founder, will moderate a distinguished panel of experts and leaders: Kim Teehee, senior policy advisor for Native American affairs from the White House Domestic Policy Council; Allison Binney, Indian law expert and partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and board member for the Center; and Dirk Whitebreast, Secretary of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa and board member for the Center.

Earlier this month, the Center produced a televised and radio public service announcement about the Center’s mission and offering a message of hope to youth in Indian Country that was premiered the first week of November in front of hundreds of tribal leaders attending the National Congress of American Indians’ annual consumer conference.

Want to learn more about National Native American Heritage Month and celebrations taking place in the DC area? Check out the new Heritage Month website at for ideas about how to honor the rich culture and history of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. And for more information about the Center for Native American Youth and its outreach in Indian Country, visit

Update! Watch video from the event below.