Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Councilwoman Cora-Lei Marquez was a featured workshop presenter at the 2008 American Indian Youth Conference hosted by the Arizona Indian Education Association and University of Arizona Nov. 21 in Tucson.
This year's conference theme was "Strengthening Culture & Education to Empower Our Youth," and collectively addressed more than 500 participants throughout the week.
The American Indian Youth Conference honors youth and their ability to transform communities in a positive way, provides youth with the knowledge and skills to achieve their academic and career goals and orients students to the University of Arizona through interactive activities and workshops. Marquez took the opportunity to address native youth about having a dream and making it a reality, regardless of the challenges that they may face. Marquez demonstrated her message by providing real-to-life success stories that reflect practical life challenges with goal-oriented results.
"I have given this presentation to the youth of the Yavapai-Apache Nation during our Summer Youth Intern Program," Marquez stated. "The response from our teens was amazing. Living and working as a leader in our community, I was able to witness first-hand the confidence, motivation and determination that resulted from our tribal youth's involvement. It was an honor to deliver this message to youth in general. I am determined to make a difference, not only in the Yavapai-Apache community, but also in our surrounding communities. It is important for youth to realize that we as leaders have had to overcome challenges, however we have persevered to ensure that we are able to make a positive impact for our people and communities."
Marquez is currently serving her second term on the Yavapai-Apache Nation's Tribal Council. She was first elected after winning a Special Election in 2007 and was recently re-elected to serve the people of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Additionally, Marquez is involved in preserving the Yavapai culture, language and working with tribal youth and the community.
Yavapai-Apache Nation Chairman Thomas Beauty said, "We are very proud that the leaders of the Yavapai-Apache Nation have the ability to share our message with so many, especially youth. Cora-Lei has been an active part of our leadership team and continues to work to deliver quality services and improve the quality of life for the Yavapai-Apache Nation. I am confident the she was able to deliver an important message to Native youth during the 2008 American Indian Youth Conference."
The Yavapai-Apache Nation is a sovereign Native American tribe from the Verde Valley. Tribal members have two culturally distinct backgrounds and speak two indigenous languages. Today, the Yavapai-Apache Nation thrives on a reservation that spans over 1,800 acres in the four communities of Camp Verde, Middle Verde, Clarkdale, and Rimrock. The Nation proudly owns and operates Cliff Castle Casino, Yavapai-Apache Construction, Yavapai-Apache Sand & Gravel and Yavapai-Apache Gaming, an enterprise that has successfully completed five start-up casinos nationwide.
For additional information regarding the Yavapai-Apache Nation please contact the Office of Public Relations at (928) 567-1006 or visit www.yavapai-apache.org.