Native Americans preach UNITY in DC
The following story appeared in The Durango Herald on July 12, 2015. Visit the Herald’s website HERE to read the rest of the story.
WASHINGTON: More than 1,500 Native American youths from 275 tribes and 48 states across the country converged last week at the Renaissance hotel in Washington for the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference, which will continue through Tuesday.
Against a somber backdrop of rising rates of Native American youth suicides, first lady Michelle Obama hosted the White House event and delivered the keynote address. For many, the highlight of the trip had already come and gone with her speech.
“Whether it’s raising a beautiful family or taking on leadership in your community, we need you,” Obama said, her voice cracking slightly as she told the gathering they all have a destiny and a role to play.