In June 2014, President Obama embarked on his first presidential visit to Indian Country, where he and Mrs. Obama witnessed the tale of two Americas. Standing Rock Reservation, like many others, faces myriad social, economic, and educational problems. Together, those problems are coalescing into a crisis for our most vulnerable population âˆ’ Native youth. The specific struggles that Native youth face often go unmentioned in our nation’s discussions about America’s children, and that has to change. In their visit to Standing Rock, President and Mrs. Obama met with a group of Native youth, who courageously shared their stories of struggle and triumph. After hearing their stories, President Obama challenged his Administration to do more and do better for the young people of Indian Country.
The Obama Administration is working to find solutions to the pressing problems that confront Native youth, with an emphasis on education, economic development, and health. This report aims to bring attention to these matters and to issue a call to action to all Americans, to work together to remove barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed...
2014 Native Youth Report. Executive Office of the President. The White House. Washington, D.C. December 2014. Report. (http://naptac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20141129nativeyouthreport_final.pdf, accessed May 26, 2015)