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USET’s Impact Week Focusing on Native Youth

The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) is currently in the midst of its 2015 Impact Week offering a variety of activities for tribal leaders.
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The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) is currently in the midst of its 2015 Impact Week offering a variety of activities for tribal leaders and attendees who ventured to Washington, D.C.

Impact Week runs through February 12 and provides many learning opportunities, activities, and events to network and renew efforts to promote and protect the inherent sovereign authority of tribal nations according to USET president Brian Patterson.

“Throughout the week, we will collectively be providing education and advocacy to members of Congress and the Administration regarding the many issues that are critical to our ability to be self determining,” Patterson stated in his opening remarks.

Tribal leadership from USET will be visiting with members of Congress to discuss issues pertinent to Indian country like: Carcieri Fix, economic development, taxation, trust modernization, Indian budget, climate change, Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) reauthorization, and Indian education. The USET board of directors will be receiving an overview of the 2015 agenda for the White House Domestic Policy Counsel and Public Engagement and Generation Indigenous Initiatives. There will be updates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service, Justice, Indian Education, Veterans Affairs, along with a discussion on youth initiatives.

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USET will also take a moment to remember former Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Chairman Buffalo Tiger, one of the founding leaders of USET, who walked on January 6 at the age of 94.

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Impact Week stresses the involvement of tribal youth and future leadership development. Native youth from many of USET’s member tribes are currently in Washington, D.C. to attend the Tribal Youth Summit, which USET is a supporter of.

“We have a real responsibility to help our younger generations develop their leadership abilities, strengthen their minds, and instill a strong spirit in their hearts to help Indian country prosper,” Patterson said. “When we look at the accomplishments of past leaders, like Chairman Tiger, we should be inspired to help all of these young Tribal leaders realize all of their dreams.”

Impact Week is taking place at the Marriott Crystal Gateway and on Capitol Hill.