Dorgan has launched the Center for Native American Youth, a new policy program at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. The center is dedicated to combating the challenges facing young Native Americans, such as teen suicide.
During his congressional career, Dorgan had strong involvement in Indian affairs issues, and he says his work with The Aspen Institute is a way for him to continue that advocacy.
“What I have discovered is the resources are non-existent: health, education, housing, the things that most of us in America routinely expect to be taken care of,” Dorgan said. “Maybe we, through citizen action, can develop some solutions and provide some help, and that’s the purpose of putting together an organization like this at The Aspen Institute.”
“I just want to create a place where everybody can understand: Somebody cares, somebody’s trying to do something about it,” he added.
Watch Dorgan talk about the new center here: