Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, August 8th as she talks with U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan who founded the Center for Native American Youth, dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native youth through communication, policy development and advocacy.
US Senator Byron Dorgan had a prolific career in public service, serving at both the state and federal levels. During his time in office, Senator Dorgan was a tireless advocate for Native American issues. While serving as the Vice Chairman in the 109th Congress and Chairman in the 110th and 111th Congresses for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Dorgan brought attention to the disparities existing in Indian Country. He successfully championed efforts to reauthorize and modernize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, authored the Tribal Law and Order Act, reauthorized the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, fought for increased funding for Indian Country programs, and much more. Improving the lives of Native American youth, especially reducing the tragically high rates of youth suicide, is an issue Senator Dorgan remains deeply passionate about today.