WASHINGTON/ Six students from the Cherokee Indians and Delaware Tribe of

Oklahoma have been selected to join 150 young men and women from across the country for the week-long 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit in Sante Fe, N.M., from July 24-28, 2011, featuring administration officials from the White House and the Departments of Justice, Interior, Health and Human Services and Education.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward announced today that Westin Allen, Kaylee

King, Larry Martinez and Faith O'Field, from the Cherokee Nation, and Caite Gann and

Callie Gann, from the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma, were selected to attend the National Intertribal Youth Summit. During the leadership conference, the students will have the opportunity to engage with other American Indian and Alaska Native youth through special sessions targeting leadership development and critical youth issues such as healthy relationships and lifestyles, education, substance and alcohol abuse, cultural preservation, community development and protecting the environment.

The summit also provides an opportunity for Obama administration officials to hear

directly from youth in Indian Country. The administration and federal agencies have made a commitment to building healthier and safer communities through strengthened coordination and collaboration with tribal governments and partners.

"We applaud all the students joining this summit for their commitment to improving

their communities," said Attorney General Holder. "Tribal governments face unique

challenges, and the importance of getting our youth involved in securing a bright future for themselves, their friends, families, and neighbors can't be overstated."