Aspen Institute Launches Center for Native American
Youth Founded by Senator Byron Dorgan
Washington DC: Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan has established The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. The Center helps Native Youth who are facing difficult challenges.
CNAY's focus is the health, safety and well-being of Native American Youth, especially in preventing youth suicide. Native American youth suffer:
highest suicide rates of any population in the
"I created the Center for Native American Youth because I believe our country has a responsibility to keep the promises we have made to the First Americans," Senator Dorgan said. "And we must start with the young people, many of whom are struggling to find opportunities to improve their lives."
As a Senator, Dorgan raised awareness of the the disparities in Indian Country. He championed efforts to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; wrote and ushered through the Tribal Law and Order Act; fought for increased funding for Indian Country; and much more.
"With this Center, I am determined to improve the lives of Native American children by focusing on education and health with special emphasis on teen suicide prevention," Dorgan said. "... our Center will work with tribal leaders and national Indian organizations to make a positive difference in the lives of Native American youth."
Aspen Institute's Center for Native American Youth will:
The Aspen Institute is based in Washington, DC, Colorado, and Maryland. It's mission is to foster values-based leadership, strengthen the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and provide neutral and balanced venues to address critical issues.
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