Today's Morning Edition music comes to us from Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty.
Obama's Generation Indigenous initiative calls for programs focused on better preparing young American Indians for college and careers, and developing leadership skills through the Department of Education and the Aspen Institute's Center for Native American Youth.
The announcement was made as part of the White House Tribal Nations Conference that Obama is hosting today.
At the opening ceremonies for the conference this morning in Washington, two sons of St. Scholastica professor Michael Sullivan performed. Ten-year-old Niizhoo and his 7-year-old brother Preston performed two traditional Ojibwe songs.