Gov. Mark Dayton will host the 2018 Minnesota Tribal Youth Gathering July 27 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus.

The first-in-the-nation state gathering will bring together Native American youth ages 14-24, tribal and state leaders, civic and business leaders and educational organizations to focus on challenges facing Native American youth. The gathering will also recognize and amplify the positive work Native youth in Minnesota are doing to improve their communities.

The gathering will address topics, including culture and language revitalization, health, education, history, self-sufficiency and sovereignty and youth engagement and public leadership development.

“I applaud the many Native American youth who are doing tremendous work in their communities and thank them for their leadership on this first-in-the-nation effort,” said Dayton. “Working together with tribal, state, civic and business leaders, we can help prepare the next generation of young leaders to tackle the important challenges facing Native communities in Minnesota. I encourage Native American youth from across Minnesota to participate in the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge and tribal youth gathering.”

The gathering is designed to empower Native American youth by helping them develop the tools necessary to be effective advocates for themselves and their communities. Participants will have the opportunity to share stories and work together with state leaders to create a brighter future for their generation and generations to come.

To become eligible for the 2018 Tribal Youth Gathering, Native American youth ages 14-24 must complete the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Challenge by June 30, 2018.

The initiative was created in 2014 to improve the lives of Native American 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.

Gen-I helps improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue and by supporting policies and programs that mobilize and cultivate the next generation of Native leaders.

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