Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, July 10

Annual Indian Town Hall to be held in Tucson

TUCSON-The 27th Arizona Indian Town Hall's theme this year will be on the "State of Indian Youth 2007: Strength of Youth."

The town hall will be held July 16-18 at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the university's new student union. The town hall is hosted by the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs (ACIA) and the University of Arizona.

Kenneth Poocha, executive director of ACIA, said he is excited about partnering with UA for the town hall. He said the University of Arizona, as well as the state's two other universities, are a tremendous resource to the Arizona Indian community.

"I look forward to strengthening this relationship," he said.

Poocha said this is not a youth conference, but a conference about youth.

"But we do want the youth's involvement," he said.

The youth oriented town hall will focus on identifying and building on the numerous resources, talents and skills of today's Indian youth in areas of education and leadership, health and wellness and family life.

A healthy discussion is expected between elected and appointed tribal and state officials, policy advisors, community and business leaders, health and education leaders, students and those with a vested interest in today's Indian youth.

More than 150 participants are expected including many native youth.

Sponsors for the town hall include UA Office of the President, UA College of Law, Advisory Council on Indian Health Care, Lewis and Roca LLC and Chase Bank.

The ACIA was established in 1953 by the state legislature to consider and study conditions among Indians residing in the state. The ACIA continues to facilitate and enhance communication between Arizona and the 21 Indian tribes in the state.

The Marriott Tucson University Park is the host hotel at a rate of $83 per night. For more information, telephone the hotel at 520-792-4100.

Pre-registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.azcia.gov. For more information, telephone Lorie Wells at 602-542-3123 or email lorie.wells@azcia.gov.

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