President Obama Vows to Support Native Youth
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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As tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno
Indians, Mark Macarro represents his people in the
National Congress of American Indians. Ranked
number 39 on the Top 100 Political Movers and
Shakers in California list, Mark Macarro continues to
advocate for the Pechanga Band and promote its
self-sufficiency into the future.
In 2014, President Obama and key government
leaders met with authorities from Native tribes across
the United States for the sixth annual White House
Tribal Nations Conference. This year, the Conference
focused on the needs of Native youth.
The Office of the Press Secretary has confirmed that
the theme had its origin in President Obama's visit to
the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation six months
prior to the start of the conference.
During his visit, President Obama had an extended
conversation with Sioux youth about the challenges
that they face. This experience prompted the
president to set forth a series of commitments to
support Native youth and create new opportunities
to encourage their success. These include the
creation of the Generation Indigenous (Gen I)
initiative, a nationwide program targeted at
removing obstacles to Native youth success.
Similarly, the Native Youth Community Projects
will aim to encourage tribe-school
The White House and Cabinet will continue to
reach out to Native youth through the Cabinet
Native Youth Listening Tour. This will feature visits
from Cabinet Secretaries to Native
communities nationwide. Additionally, the
inaugural White House Tribal Youth Gathering
in 2015 will strive to unify communications with
and among Native youth while bringing their
concerns to a wider audience.