WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
The Tribal Youth Gathering, a collaboration between the White House and UNITY Inc., will continue to build upon the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.
The Gen-I Native Youth Challenge invites Native youth and organizations across the country to become a part of the Administration’s Gen-I initiative by joining the National Native Youth Network — a White House effort in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Youth who complete the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge will be eligible to register for a chance to attend the upcoming White House Tribal Youth Gathering. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.
The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Juvenile Services Program will be hosting a Summer Youth Program for enrolled tribal members and descendants (descendants must provide proof of eligibility for example father/mother CDIB card or other documentation). The program will focus on those between the ages 6 – 15 years old. It will be hosted at the Wichita and Affiliated Tribal grounds.
The applications will be available May 1, 2015. They can be picked up anytime between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Family services building. Or can be requested for e-mail by the above e-mail address. They are required to be completed in full and submitted back to the Juvenile Services Program by 5:00pm May 26, 2015.
The dates are scheduled to begin June 1, 2015 – June 26, 2015 from the hours of 8:00am – 12:00pm. The first week of July will not be scheduled for those who need to be with Family during the 4th of July celebrations. It will then begin again July 7, 2015 – July 25, 2015. It will end on July 24th to permit family adjustments for the new school year to begin.
This year’s program will focus on the Junior Achievement curriculum. These are Certified and approved by the Board of Education and center around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Some educational field trips will be included.
Online printable forms can be found at http://wichitatribe.com/programs/juvenile-services.aspx
The Texas Archeological Society (TAS) cordially invites you to participate in the annual field school to be held at Tait-Huffmeyer 7T6 Ranch site near Columbus, Texas, on June 13-19. Activities at this year’s field school will focus on excavation, pedestrian survey, and artifact processing. Additional information about this year’s field school can be found on the attached flyer or at the following URL:http://www.txarch.org/Activities/fschool/fs2015/.
The TAS Native American Scholarship Program is offering up to two representatives from each tribe financial assistance to attend the field school (no previous experience required!). Since 2003, the TAS Native American Program has provided over 90 scholarships to members from 17 Native American Tribes to attend the annual field school. These scholarships are sponsored by donations from members of the TAS and other local archeological societies, the Council of Texas Archeologists, archeological contracting firms, foundations, and others. The scholarship program increases the level of understanding among the many people who have called Texas home. The program allows our members to meet, talk with, and learn from the native peoples whose traditions and lifeways are tied to Texas archeological sites. Additional information about the Native American Scholarship Program can be found at the following URL: http://www.txarch.org/scholarships/native.html.