July was a wonderful month for Thinking Indigenous, so many new changes will be occurring much quicker within the next few weeks!
We will be announcing our newest member of the web development team later this month. Since everyone deserves an awesome announcement post, I will hold off on revealing their name just yet!
There’s a few things that we will mention in this update since it was a very eventful month!
- The White House Tribal Youth Gathering – Generation Indigenous [ #GenI #WHTYG ]
- ONE Skate Gathering – Stronghold Society
- Lakota Language Game – Update
- Web Development
We are now able to:
- -Sign up via Twitter
- -Sign up via Instagram
- -Developing a LGBTQ – Two Spirit Division – Divisional Network Leader TBA
- -Developing new brand graphics for international youth – Graphic designer TBA
White House Tribal Youth Gathering
On July 9th, 2015 – The White House administration hosted the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering.
In attendance, 1400+ inspirational tribal youth, representing over 200 different tribes from across the nation had come together to speak about the challenges and experiences faced as indigenous youth in our communities on and off reservations. It was also an opportunity to network with native youth striving to make positive changes in their communities! Be sure to get involved and visit the Gen-I website to find out more. (We will post much more information in the coming weeks)
This was a part of the Generation Indigenous White House Initiative, started by President Barack Obama on December 3rd, 2014. “Generation Indigenous (Gen I) is a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed.”
We were able to discuss an array of topics in breakout sessions on:
- Economic Development
- Leadership Development
- Education K-12
- Cultural Protection and Revitalization
- Wellness: Mental, Physical, and Social
- Education After High School
- Career Readiness
- Juvenile Justice
- Natural Resources and Climate Change
- Tribal Sovereignty
ONE Skate Gathering – Stronghold Society
On July 18th, 2015, The Stronghold Society hosted their annual ONE Skate Gathering –
This annual skateboarding competition unites the youth of the Denver community with the native youth of Colorado and surrounding states. It serves as an outreach to educate the local community of the social and health challenges native youth are facing today. This competition takes place at the Downtown Denver Skatepark near the South Platte river, a historical gathering place for many native tribes in the region. The ONE Gathering – Skate For Life is a drug and alcohol free event, complete with a skate competition, entertainment, vendors, youth outreach non-profits and more. The event is lead by Walt and Allison Pourier, Jim Murphy, Darius Smith, Danica Brown and Bill Danforth.
The Stronghold Society mission is to inspire confidence, creativity, hope, and ambition for the youth of Native communities and non-Native communities through leadership development, arts programs, skateboarding and athletic activities while encouraging youth to take action to live a healthy life in mind, body, and spirit; this is their LIVE LIFE CALL TO ACTION CAMPAIGN. Be sure to check them out at StrongholdSociety.org