United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Mooretown Rancheria Maidu and Shingle Springs Miwok Students Picked to Attend National Intertribal Youth Summit
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CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
July 22, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Six students from the Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwoks have been selected to join 150 young men and women from across the country for the week-long 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 24-28, 2011, featuring administration officials from the White House and the Departments of Justice, Interior, Health and Human Services and Education.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Helena Erthal and Lillian Taylor, from the Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu of California, located in Butte County; and Daniel Gonzolez, Raquel Gonzolez, Simplicio Gonzolez and Alayna Vasquez, from the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok, located in El Dorado County, were selected to attend the National Intertribal Youth Summit. During the leadership conference, the students will have the opportunity to engage with other American Indian and Alaska Native youth through special sessions targeting leadership development and critical youth issues such as healthy relationships and lifestyles, education, substance and alcohol abuse, cultural preservation, community development and protecting the environment.
The summit also provides an opportunity for Obama administration officials to hear directly from youth in Indian Country. The administration and federal agencies have made a commitment to building healthier and safer communities through strengthened coordination and collaboration with tribal governments and partners.
“We applaud all the students joining this summit for their commitment to improving their communities,” said Attorney General Holder. “Tribal governments face unique challenges, and the importance of getting our youth involved in securing a bright future for themselves, their friends, families, and neighbors can’t be overstated.”
“Native American youth face many challenges, and it is important that we help equip them with the tools they will need to address those challenges,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “In order to enhance public safety on Indian lands within the Eastern District of California, I have appointed Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel D. White as Tribal Liaison, and she and others from this office have visited with tribal officials throughout the district to assess how we can help. Next month we will be visiting Tribal officials in Siskyou County.”
Chaske Spencer, star of the Twilight movie series, and pro-golfer Notah Begay also plan to make appearances at the summit, which is focused on youth voices. During the week-long session, participants will have the opportunity to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to run in their communities. In a special session called Voices of Youth, participants will sharethoughts, concerns and recommendations on ways to address public safety and positively impact the lives of youth across Indian Country—providing a platform for honest dialogue with federal officials. Additional workshops will provide tribal youth with knowledge and skills in leadership development and strategies for achieving academic and career success.
Youth were nominated for the 2011 Summit by their tribal youth program coordinators and submitted an application to attend. The Department of Justice’s Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs (OJJDP) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) made the final participant selections.For a full schedule of events, visit: http://www.tribaljusticeandsafety.gov/2011youthsummit.html.
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