American Indian Business Leaders’ Executive Assistant, Krystal Two Bulls recently traveled to Washington D.C. for the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering with University of Montana AIBL Chapter President Whitney Snow and chaperoning new AIBL member Danika Winters. Whitney and Danika were among over a thousand plus Native American youth from all across the United States to gather at the Renaissance Hotel on Capitol Hill on July 9th, 2015.
The White House Tribal Youth Gathering was born out of the President and First Lady’s trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation where they were able to visit local youth about issues that impact them. As a result the Obama Administration initiated the Generation Indigenous campaign. The Gen I campaign was designed to provide much needed resources, services and empowerment to the Native American youth of this generation.
The trip to Washington D.C. was very brief, but very impactful. The group flew in late on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 and went right into the gathering early Thursday morning. Numerous government officials and program directors spoke with youth and shared their plans to address issues. However, the highlight of the day was when the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama spoke to the gathering. The First Lady shared words of resiliency about the Native youth she has been privileged to meet, the empowerment of tribal communities and the support her and her husband, President Obama commit to. UM AIBL President Whitney Snow was actually able to hug the First Lady as she was leaving the room.
The gathering wrapped up with a banquet sponsored by Nike N7. N7 Ambassadors Jude Schimmel and Lyle Thompson spoke about what motivated them to the levels they achieved. Artist Bunky Echo Hawk and the band A Tribe Called Red performed live throughout the evening. The group then stayed in Washington D.C. and visited the monuments, memorials and museums.
This trip was very meaningful for those who participated and created a sense of purpose within them. On behalf of American Indian Business Leaders we would like to thank everyone that supported this trip and our AIBL members.
Below is a link to a recent article from the gathering: