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SAN DIEGO Former US Senator Byron Dorgan and the organization he founded - Center for Native American Youth - was honored on Monday with the National Indian Gaming Association Chairman's Leadership Award in San Diego.
Former Senator Byron Dorgan
The National Indian Gaming Association Chairman's Leadership Award honors individuals and tribes who have contributed and advocated for tribal sovereignty and economic development. Chairman Ernie Stevens created the Chairman's Leadership Award 10 years ago.
“Senator Dorgan has been a true champion for American Indians for decades. His passion for our children is inspiring. We admire his leadership and NIGA will continue to support his work at the Center for Native American Youth,”
said Chairman of National Indian Gaming Association and well-known Indian youth advocate, Ernie Stevens.
Award Winners with NIGA Board of Directors
The Chairman's Leadership Award was presented in front of 500 tribal leaders, tribal regulators, and Indian gaming industry professionals. Senator Dorgan was introduced by Billy Mills, Oglala Sioux, Olympic Gold Medalist and champion for youth in Indian Country.
“Thank you to Chairman Stevens and NIGA for their support of this important program. This award is a great honor for the Center,”
said former US Senator Byron Dorgan.
During his remarks Senator Dorgan highlighted the Center for Native American Youth's major accomplishments in its first year, including:
“We have a lot of work to do together to improve the lives of Native American youth. I am grateful for your support and partnership,”
remarked Senator Dorgan.
“I'm convinced if we continue our work we will save lives in Indian Country.”
posted April 3, 2012 6:59 am edt
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