12th Annual Youth Leadership Conference to be Held in Red Lake

t the 2016 Youth Conference, Elder Rose Cloud teaches leather work.

Published May 9, 2017

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – The 12th Annual Red Lake Nation Youth Leadership Conference will be held Wednesday thru Friday, May 10 – May 12, 2017, at Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minnesota. The conference theme this year is “Leaders of Today.”

Workshops and presentations will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, with a shorter day Friday. As usual, several workshops will occur simultaneously. Topics will include cultural identity, motivation and self-esteem.

In addition to the workshops, on Wednesday afternoon the Red Lake Youth Council will lead an initiation walk against meth and heroin, with entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. at the Red Lake Humanities Center featuring a fashion show, comedy and hypnotist on the evening of May 10. A banquet will be held Thursday evening at Seven Clans Casino Event Center at 5 p.m. (See attached agenda)

Friday though Sunday will feature the Red Lake Warrior Challenge, Youth Basketball Tournament. (See attachment flyer)

Several schools in addition to Red Lake are invited to participate. Past participants have included youth from Leech Lake, White Earth, the Bug School, Bemidji, Voyageurs Charter, and others.


Motivational Speaker Chance Rush opened the 2016 Youth Conference

This is the twelfth year that the Red Lake Tribal Council, tribal programs and other organizations have sponsored this great event for the youth of Red Lake Nation and others. A host of Red Lake member professionals, and well-known guest speakers and performers from across Indian Country, will join together to share their knowledge in leadership skills to motivate youth, and to promote native values, tradition, and culture.

The impetus for the Youth Leadership Conference occurred after the formation of the Red Lake Nation Youth Council in 2006, after the Red Lake tragedy. The group began looking for ways to teach leadership skills, and to celebrate the accomplishments of the Nation’s youth academically and in other ways. Topics and organization is by Red Lake Youth.

For More Information

For more conference information and registration, call Marilyn Mountain, 218-679-3321 or Salena Beasley, 218-679-1543

The Red Lake Youth Program Says Chi-Miigwech to the following sponsors:

Red Lake Indian & Free Prevention Treatment Program

Red Lake Chemical Health Programs

Red Lake Tribal Council

Red Lake School Board

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