Native American Issues

Center and Native Youth Tour the West Wing of the White House

June 30, 2011

The Center for Native American Youth organized a tour of the West Wing of the White House for two youth yesterday.  The Center’s director Erin Bailey, along with two Native college students – Raquel Bahe and Rachael DeMarce participated in this exciting event!

Raquel Bahe, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is a rising sophomore at the University of New Mexico and recently joined the Center as a communications intern. Rachael, a Udall Foundation Intern, is a student at Carroll College studying Political Science and Communications.

The West Wing tour includes a look at the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room and many more fascinating pieces of history.  An unexpected, and very impressive part of the tour, were the beautiful photographs of the President and Vice President on the walls throughout the West Wing.  The West Wing staff change these pictures twice per month!

Big thanks to Charlie Galbraith from the Office of Public Engagement at the White House for inviting us on the tour and to President Obama for allowing us to visit his office.  The Center will continue to coordinate these types of activities and ensure that Native youth take advantage of the great opportunities in the Nation’s Capital.