President Obama Greeting Native Women Veterans at prior White House Tribal Nations Conference
Published November 5, 2015
WASHINGTON—Hundreds of tribal leaders are in Washington, D.C. to attend the Seventh Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. President Barack Obama began the tribal nations conferences in his first year in office. All 566 federally acknowledged American Indian tribes are allowed to send one representative to the conference.
With only about 440 more days left of the Obama presidency, tribal leaders are anxious to see what the Obama administration will do for Indian Country before the president’s term ends on January 20, 2017. President Obama will address the tribal leaders at approximately 4:15 p.m. today.
The President and members of his Cabinet will discuss issues of importance to tribal leaders, with an emphasis on ways the Administration can continue to make progress on improving the nation-to-nation relationship and ensure these gains continue in future Administrations. In addition, 24 youth delegates will participate in the Conference to share their unique perspective.
The White House Tribal Nations Conference builds on the President’s travel this year to Alaska and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. During his recent visit to Alaska, the President met with tribal and community leaders in Anchorage to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between the federal government and Alaska Native tribes, and announced the restoration of the Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali to the tallest mountain in North America, previously known as Mt. McKinley. The President also visited tribal communities in Dillingham and Kotzebue, where he announced new investments to combat climate change and assist remote tribal communities.
In July, the President traveled to the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma where he launched ConnectHome, an initiative designed to make high-speed Internet more affordable to residents in low-income housing units across the country.
Under the President’s leadership, his Administration committed to improving coordination across the federal government to promote strategic and efficient programming for Indian Country. Through the White House Council on Native American Affairs, the Administration is reinforcing the message that the federal trust responsibility is held by the entire federal government. With this all-of-government approach, the Administration is developing cross-agency partnerships to promote information sharing and better leverage existing programs to promote meaningful outcomes for Indian Country.