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The White House Council on Native American Affairs on Monday, July 18, held its third engagement session to hear from tribal leaders on the protection of sacred sites and treaty rights.

The meeting was led by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, who co-chairs the council with White House Domestic Policy Advisor Ambassador Susan Rice.

The aim of the engagement sessions, which began in January 2022, was to fulfill Haaland’s commitment to convene her cabinet three times a year to hear from tribal leaders and share the work of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

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Also present in Monday’s meeting were Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and the Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, and Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland.

Today’s session addressed the impacts of climate change in Indigenous communities, the implementation of the Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge Memorandum that commits to elevating Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in federal scientific and policy processes, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s new Indigenous Knowledge website, according to a press release from the Department of the Interior.

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Jenna Kunze is a staff reporter covering Indian health, the environment and breaking news for Native News Online. She is also the publication's lead reporter on stories related to Indian boarding schools and repatriation. Her bylines have appeared in The Arctic Sounder, High Country News, Indian Country Today, Tribal Business News, Smithsonian Magazine and Anchorage Daily News. In 2020, she was one of 16 U.S. journalists selected by the Pulitzer Center to report on the effects of climate change in the Alaskan Arctic region. Prior to that, she served as lead reporter at the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska. Kunze is based in New York.