Indian youth center debuts public service spot



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Center for Native American Youth has premiered its first televised public service announcement for tribal leaders attending the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in Portland, Ore.

Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota founded the center. He appears in the spot, along with Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Indians.

The spot that debuted Wednesday describes Native American youth as "the most at-risk population" in the country. It says the youth center works to prevent teen suicide and improve awareness of other challenges Native youth face, including poverty, health disparities, substance abuse and gang activity.

The center also hopes to support Native youngsters who are making a difference in their communities.