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Thursday, 26 February, 2015


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NWIYC approaches; youth challenged to be involved

By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
Sho-Ban News
FORT HALL — The 40th Annual Northwest Indian Youth Conference is the second largest youth gathering in the nation and this year’s conference is in Fort Hall March 22 through March 26 with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes as hosts.
The conference guest speakers come as far away as Canada to some homegrown heroes who will be speaking on a variety of topics affecting young people today. Among some of the headliners is Winona LaDuke, an American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer who is known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. Christian Gun Parrish, or Supaman is a Native American dancer, and hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering youth and educating listeners with a message of hope through culture and music. Finally, actor and activist Chaske Spencer who played roles in Dreamkeeper, and the Twilight Saga will be addressing youth about leadership roles in Indian Country.
Youth will also have a chance to participate in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, talent show, annual banquet, dance, and powwow during the four day conference.
Local youth are encouraged to attend the final meetings leading up to the conference and to challenge themselves to be involved during the conference.
Registration for youth is $150 and any youth who may have challenges finding that funding to attend may find help through a scholarship and a chance to “earn” a spot to attend the NWIYC.
The next meeting is Tuesday March 3 at Shoshone-Bannock High School at 5:30 p.m. and will focus on team building and upcoming opportunities. The next meeting is Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. at the nutrition/dome room, and will be customer service training, parents are encouraged to attend as a parent meeting will also take place. March 20 and March 21 will be the final meetings and will focus on prepping for the conference. March 20 meeting is in the HRDC building room 110, and March 21 meeting will be at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center.
For more information contact Matt Wilson at mwilson@sbtribes.com, or Candace Racehorse at cracehorse@sbtribes.com.
The next community meeting for the NWIYC is March 3, to coincide with the scholarship opportunity and then March 10 and 17, will be the final meetings leading up to the conference.
Registration for youth between the ages of 14 to 18 starts at $150. Mentor or chaperone fees are $75; registration includes event T-shirt, meals, access to sessions, activities, and more.
For more registration information contact the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 477 Human Services Program at (208) 478-3712 or toll free 888-297-1378, e-mail at nwiyc@sbtribes.com.
You can also visit the Northwest Indian Youth Conference 2015 website at www.sbtribes.com/NWIYC or visit the Facebook page at 2015 NWIYC.
The host hotel is the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center, north of Pocatello, Idaho off Interstate-15, exit 80. Telephone (208) 238-4800 or visit www.shobanhotel.com. Other host hotels include Clarion Inn (208) 237-1400, and Hampton Inn (208) 233-8200; both are located in Pocatello. Use promo code “nwiyc” when booking hotel.