American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Summit

This program partners with NCAI to allow students to present their ideas and opinions to tribal leaders on important issues facing their communities.

American Indian female student signing a book like founding father in Philadelphia Shadow

Learn to become a leader in your community!

During this 6-day/5-night program, native youth develop the skills and attitudes to become active citizens in their tribes and communities. While exploring Washington, DC, students observe government officials and tribal leaders first-hand as they advocate for issues impacting Indian Country. On Close Up, students have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in workshops with other students from different tribal communities and discuss the most pressing issues facing their communities;
  • Discover the historic relationship between tribes and the U.S. government;
  • Explore current issues impacting Indian Country; and
  • Create Tribal Action Initiatives to address their concerns, and present them to tribal leaders, political experts, and policymakers.

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 




Washington, DC

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital.

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Partner Programs

Explore these programs designed for individual students who want in-depth knowledge of specific policy issues.

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American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country through one of three exclusive programs offered in the nation’s capital.

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