- By Jenna Kunze
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.
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.
More Stories Like ThisNative News Weekly (March 3, 2024): D.C. Briefs
USA Today Named Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flannagan to Women of the Year List
Legislation Introduced to Create a Native American Voting Rights Commission in Nebraska
Zuni Youth Enrichment Project Will Offer Multiple National Park Trips for Youth in 2024
Federal Government Shutdown Averted by Short-term Extension
Native Perspective. Native Voices. Native News.
We launched Native News Online because the mainstream media often overlooks news that is important is Native people. We believe that everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers. We hope you'll consider making a donation to support our efforts so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous-centered journalism. Thank you.