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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA The Cherokee Nation will serve as the host tribe for the 2012 American Indian Scouting Association conference. The event will take place July 14-18 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
Participants will include both Indian and non-Indian youth ages 12-17 and adults responsible for leadership and administration of youth programs. Conference topics will explore strategies for youth development and improvement of life in American Indian communities through Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs and services.
Programs and volunteers from Cherokee Nation will share tribal traditions through native dress, dancing, music and sports. A highlight of the conference will be the awarding of the Joseph T. Provost Youth Award and the Francis X. Guardipee Grey Wolf Award, which recognize distinguished service to American Indian youth.
American Indian Scouting Association is collaboration between American Indian tribal leaders, educators and two leading youth agencies Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America. The national organization was formed to address issues facing today's Indian youth and to provide training and leadership opportunities for adult leaders of American Indian youth.
The American Indian Scouting Association seeks to enable American Indian youth to develop their talents and capabilities so they will be able to maintain their cultural identities while building bridges that allow them to be successful and productive members of both societies. For more information, please visit www.amerindscouting.org
posted July 13, 2012 6:10 am edt