North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy canceled

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As a safety measure, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission has canceled the 2020 North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy.

“During this time of the world-wide pandemic, we choose to exercise caution to protect Indian Country’s most-promising and precious resource, our young people,” said Scott Davis, Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director.

The academy would have been held during the summer, attracting more than three-dozen students from North Dakota tribes for education and leadership training in the capitol city.

“Gathering together our young people at this time would place them in harm’s way,” said Davis.  “It would also run counter to tribal and state guidelines to avoid crowds, practice social distancing and stay at home.”

The academy will return, with opportunities for developing future Native leaders, “when we have patiently outlasted this test of our resiliency,” Davis said.

Subjects featured during the academy include training in tribal and state government, environmental issues, water and land resources and ownership, tribal and state constitutions, public speaking, team-building, cultural events and more.

When the academy resumes, an application form will be posted on the NDIAC website: https://www.indianaffairs.nd.gov/.

More Information: 701-328-2428 or email Brad Hawk at bhawk@nd.gov

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Youth Leadership Academy Canceled

As a safety measure, the 2020 North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy has been canceled. The North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission chooses to exercise caution during this time of the worldwide pandemic to protect our most-promising and precious resource. Gathering together our young people at this time would place them in harm’s way and run counter to tribal and state guidelines to avoid crowds, practice social distancing and stay at home. The academy will return, with opportunities for developing future Native leaders, when we have patiently outlasted this test of our resiliency.

Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

– Scott Davis, Executive Director, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission

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