Madison Long debates the reason why the federal government should amend the Stafford Act to allow federally recognized tribes to seek disaster assistance from the President as Chairwoman Terri Henry listens in. (Photos by Brandon Stephens/USET)
WASHINGTON – Student delegations attending the Close Up Foundation week in Washington, joined one another to identify issues and solutions to problems in Indian Country. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the students debated various issues that have been considered during the past year by USET and the federal government. One resolution was debated and passed the Mock Student USET Board of Directors and will be sent to the USET Board of Directors for formal adoption during its business session during the 2014 Impact Week meeting.
Attending Close Up’s Indian Youth Summit 2014 from Cherokee High School were juniors Madison Hye Long, Lacey Arch, Olivia Lacomb, Cole Wildcatt, Xan Sadongei, and Jace Girty and seniors Pricilla Squirrell and Justin Buchanan.
Cherokee High School junior Jace Girty (right) serves as the voting member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians delegation to the Mock USET Board of Directors, while Madison Long is on the floor debating an issue.
Madison Long (seated right), Cherokee High School junior and voting member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians delegation to the Mock USET Board of Directors, speaks during the Youth Summit meeting. Yellowhill Rep. David Wolfe (in doorway) looks on behind the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians delegation to the Mock USET Board of Directors.