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Aspen Institute's Center for Native American Youth & Senator Byron Dorgan Award Five Native American Youth Leaders

March 10, 2014

Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth & Senator Byron Dorgan Award Five Native American Youth Leaders



The Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) will announce its second class of Champions for Change, a youth leadership program inspired by a White House initiative. These five youth, ranging from 16 to 23 years old, from Indian tribes from Washington to Oklahoma, are being honored for making a positive impact in Native communities.

A panel discussion with the new class of Champions will be co-moderated by former US Senator Byron Dorgan, who created CNAY with $1 million of leftover campaign funds in 2011, and Sam McCracken, general manager of Nike’s N7 programs. Elliot Gerson, executive vice president of the Aspen Institute, and Jodi Gillette, senior advisor for Native American Affairs at the White House will offer remarks.


Tuesday, March 11,12:00 – 1:30 PM


Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, NW; Washington DC

Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan in February 2011, CNAY is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. The CNAY works to strengthen and create new connections as well as exchange resources and best practices that address the challenges facing Native youth, with a special emphasis on suicide prevention. Visit CNAY’s website for a comprehensive list of resources available to young Native Americans, tribes, and the general public. For more information, visit

The Aspen Instituteis an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information,




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