Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Briefs. Discussion »
WASHINGTON The White House announced late Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama, on Wednesday, November 13, will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior.
The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference.
This will be the fifth White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President's commitment to strengthen the government to government relationship with Indian country and to improve the lives of American Indians.“Every year I look forward to this event. It's especially wonderful to see so many friends that I've gotten to know from various nations all across the country. You guys inspire me every single day, and whenever I've traveled to your home states there's been such a warm welcome that I've received. So I'm truly grateful to all of you,”
President Obama told tribal leaders last December 5 at the fourth White House Tribal Nations Conference.
Earlier this year, President Obama created the White House Council on Native American Affairs, which met for the first time on July 29.
The Council, which is scheduled to meet at least three times a year, and will focus its efforts on advancing five priorities that mirror the issues tribal leaders have raised during previous White House Tribal Nations Conferences:
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