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WASHINGTON — The White House Tribal Natons Summit began on Wednesday morning heard from President Joe Biden. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke the summit in the afternoon.

Some 400 tribal leaders and leaders of national Native American organizations were in attendance. 

President Joe Biden addressed the crowd, discussing the work his administration has done to support Tribal sovereignty and announcing new initiatives to support Indian Country. 

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) also addressed the audience at the beginning of the day, sharing details about an Interior announcement this morning about new actions to support tribal sovereignty owed to education and economic development work between the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Indian Country.

The day's events also included remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other government officials.   

The White House Tribal Nations Summit continues all day on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. 

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