RED LAKE-A Red Lake High School student is set to make history at the largest Model United Nations conference in the world.
Karen Guise, a freshman at the high school and member of Red Lake Nation, will be one of several Native youth in the first-ever Indigenous delegation to the National High School Model United Nations in March in New York City.
She and 10 other students will be the first to represent Indian Country at the conference, which is expected to draw more than 5,000 students from 74 countries.
"I want to be an example that anything is possible, especially for Indigenous youth," Guise said in a press release. "That you can come from a small town on a reservation and still have many opportunities to embrace and educate others about your culture and cultural struggles. I also want to learn about global issues and their similarities to Indigenous issues."
The delegation is called Model United Nations: Indigenous. It's a nonprofit created by Nathan Balk King, a Massachusetts high school senior and Rosebud Sioux tribal member who noticed that there were no Indigenous youth at the conference.
The new delegation aims to train Native youth in international diplomacy and human rights, and to encourage and support the creation of American Indian model UNs at high schools across the country.
Want to help pay for Guise's trip? She's set up a Facebook fundraiser here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/306636000053793/