Conference Speaker Biography
Gila River Youth Council
Michael Preston is a freshman at Scottsdale Community College, majoring in Administration and Justice. Mr. Preston, a Native American, has worked to educate his fellow peers about his tribe's history. Currently, he serves as president of the Gila River Youth Council, an organization focused on getting youth involved with the community in a positive way while educating young Native American adults on the system of tribunal government.
Mr. Preston is a passionate advocate for the rights of tribes. He oversees Gila River Close-Up, a three-day hands-on program involving youth from around the area to educate them on the inner workings of the tribunal government system. Mr. Preston is also actively involved as a member of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's National Youth Network and leader in his local Boys' and Girls' Club in Sacaton, AZ.