Summer Montileaux, a teen from the Pine Ridge Reservation in SD, was invited to represent the Oglala Lakota Nation at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in July of 2015. She needs your help to raise $2,477.00.
Her tribe told Summer that it does not have funds available to send its youth delegates to the historic Native Youth Gathering – they suggested that she fundraise, and so she launched a Crowdrise Campaign.
Summer said about earning an invitation to the historic event:
“I am excited and honored to be invited to represent the Oglala Lakota Nation at the inaugural White House Tribal Youth Gathering. My community struggles to obtain access to many services that are guaranteed by treaty and trust obligations, but ignored by the federal government. The Lakota culture has survived and we are still here. It is important for young Lakota leaders to participate in discussions which may impact our futures.
Thank you to everyone for helping spread the word.”
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michele Obama and key government officials are expected to attend the historic Tribal Youth Gathering, which will seek to identify new ways to improve the quality of life and create greater opportunities for Native Youth.
To Support Summer’s Trip to the White House you can DONATE directly to Lakota Children’s Enrichment and include a note that your contribution is for Summer’s Campaign, or you can visit Summer’s Crowdrise Campaign at www.crowdrise.com/summerstriptothewhitehouse/fundraiser/summermontileaux
Contributions are tax deductible, to the full extent of the law.
In order to qualify for an invitation to the historic White House Gathering, native youth had to take the Generation Indigenous Pledge to help their communities. Summer took the pledge and immediately sprung to action: She applied for and received a grant from GenerationOn to address hunger in the community, and at the April 2015 #WeAreHere #GYSD Youth Summit she led a service project. Summer led teams in assembling edible container gardens for families across the Reservation, filled with patio strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, mint and herbs.
Lakota Children’s Enrichment (“LCE”) President Maggie Dunne said: “Summer is so deserving of this honor. She is an emerging Lakota leader who has a history of helping her peers and community. I have no doubt that like everything else she does, Summer will make the most of this experience and will make her community proud.” Dunne will serve as Summer’s chaperone on the trip and will represent LCE at the gathering.
Summer is the Vice Chair of LCE’s Youth Board, in charge of Health and Wellness Programs and has won numerous awards for her leadership of service projects. She also bears the distinction of being the only youth writer from Pine Ridge to win awards three years in a row in LCE’s #NativeYouthVoices Writing Challenge!
According to the White House website:
“On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
The Tribal Youth Gathering, a collaboration between the White House and UNITY Inc., will continue to build upon the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.”
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Any extra funds raised through this effort will be applied to Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s programs and opportunities for youth-led projects on the Pine Ridge Reservation.