Nominations sought for National Rural Youth Assembly

The National Rural Assembly is seeking 50 young adults from rural communities across the country to attend a National Rural Youth Assembly in Santa Fe, N.M., at the Institute for American Indian Arts.

The National Rural Assembly's steering committee, on which the National Congress of American Indians sits, is asking rural leaders and mentors to nominate young people who are interested in rural issues and who are invested in making an impact in their communities. Nominations are due Feb. 26, and are open to participants 18-25 who represent rural communities. The gathering is set for April 22-25.

Those selected will meet to discuss issues critical to their lives and their communities, including the quality of education, stewardship of natural resources, community investment and health issues of rural people. Most expenses will be paid by the National Rural Assembly.

According to its Web site, the National Rural Assembly "is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America." Its goal is to help make the country strong through improving rural communities.

A key goal of the event is to highlight the diversity of rural people and places, according to the website, and "Native culture and community represent an important, often forgotten part of rural America."

More information can be found at www.ruralstrategies.org/national-rural-youth-assembly.

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