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White House Blog: Launching the Gen-I Tribal Leader Challenge

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Cannon Ball Flag Day Powwow on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. June 13, 2014. Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Jodi Gillette and Raina Thiele of the White House announce the Gen-I Tribal Leader Challenge to encourage tribal leaders and youth to work together in their communities:
The White House is inviting tribal leaders to take concrete steps to engage with Native youth in their communities and help them complete the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge. To accept this challenge, visit, to sign up for the challenge and become a part of the National Tribal Network, a collaboration between the White House, The Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), and the Department of the Interior. Then, take one or all of the following steps within the next 30 days:

1. Work with youth in your community to create a youth council.
2. Host a joint meeting between youth and tribal leaders in your community.
3. Partner with youth to plan a program to support positive change in their community.

Remember, by accepting the Gen-I Challenge, signing up for CNAY’s National Native Youth Network, and helping youth in your community complete the Native Youth Challenge, the youth in your community may be invited to attend the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2015!

Get the Story:
Jodi Gillette and Raina Thiele: The White House Launches the “Generation Indigenous Tribal Leader Challenge” (White House Blog 3/11)

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