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President Obama Announces 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced he will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference on Wednesday, December 5, at the US Department of the Interior.

This will be the fourth 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.

The White House Tribal Nations Conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of the Obama Administration.

Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference.

The White House states:

On Wednesday, December 5, President Obama 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 representatives from the highest levels of his Administration. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. This will be the fourth 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. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.

Last year, President Obama made these remarks at the third White House Tribal National Conference:

"So this new relationship represents a major step forward. It is change. But I promised even more than that. I told you that as President, I would work with you to tackle the most difficult problems facing Native American families. And that's exactly what we've done. We passed the Tribal Law and Order Act, and began making Indian Country a safer place to live. We permanently authorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, and made quality health care accessible to more Native Americans." (Source)


Responses to "White House Tribal Nations Conference Set for December 5"

  1. Anonymous says:

    And what will you do about the Forgotten People? The ones who met and helped the settlers at Jamestown? What are you going to do for them!!

  2. mnbcherokee@hotmail.com says:

    Praying for impartial and fair treatment and recognition AT LAST for the Tribal Nations of the United States of America.....they deserve to be treated fairly, honestly and for the treaties to be honored and/or restored for equal & fair treatment to the First Nations....

  3. Sorry don't believe him smoke and mirrors this will be his last meeting. My bbet. Is he will never get anything done.

  4. And what of the other Native people here in the Untied States without Tribal Recognition ?Don't get me wrong this is a good start but there is much more to do for the Indigenous people of America

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am Canadian n Obama is the first president I seen actually acknowledge the first nations people of the USA it's taken decades for these first nations people to have their rights be taken into consideration considering it was the government of the united states thats killed 1000's when they fought to keep their land and their culture... and people complain about the debt you have how can Obama undo that it four years when it took Bush 8 years to make it...You people should be proud of your President!

  6. k miller says:

    My name is Kendra Miller and im from the Omaha Tribe Of Nebraska, im happy that you ( Mr. President) acknowledged Native Americans and want a better relationship with our people, there is much work to be done and i for one,believed in you enough to vote "4 more years". I shook your hand (actually i grabbed your hand and wouldnt let go, lol) in Sioux City, Iowa. One of the discrepancies, the Government needs to change is "Indian"..as we all know, Christopher Columbus called us "Indians' and we ARE NOT IN INDIA NOR are we "INDIANS"..we are a proud people ..we are "NATIVE AMERICANS", it is blatant dis-respect to call us anything else, more importantly, please honor the treaties that were signed by our Ancestors and the Government, i pray for impartial treatment and going forward, we can find middle ground to live together in peace and work together to make this world a better place for our children.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The only thing the President wants is to make people think he cares.He will only deal with the Federally Rec. natives. Just remember Andrew Jackson!

  8. Anonymous says:

    How about the first nations people in ohio need help their is three indian centers that i know of that need help from gov like,cloths,health care,education,food,jobs what about us .

  9. Anonymous says:

    He's a Twinkie! Plastic puppet man! He's bought and paid for by the world banks. Still waiting to see if he'll free Leonard.

  10. Anonymous says:

    As an Indigenous soul from the Familly(Tribe)unseen,I ask that you,Mr. president Barack Obama,To recognize the Many Indigenous, for whom have been stripped of their identity,and have held onto the true Native Spirit that drives the Many souls left by the wayside.WADO...Tom

  11. Anonymous says:

    It is my hope that we see our President's effort's in moving for word. How often have the previous president's had meeting's with Native American's to resolve issues. We all need to look forward and move forward as one Nation. And give our president the oppertunity to prove him self before we stand in judgement!

  12. Mary Haas says:

    It is something in my opinion for sure. Its a start, but I want more done to listen to Native Peoples needs. Justice needs to be done/but never can to honor all that sacrificed and sacrifice today and have died. I as a Caucasian, consider myself to be a sister to Native People. I wish the govt would give them back their country! Unfortunately, we have destroyed it. I am so sorry for what Native People have had to go thru due to our lies and broken promises and power hungry selfish nature. I am praying that the president show action to the Native Peoples. I wrote to him about 2 weeks ago, asking for him to acknowledge Native Peoples, and to address issues that impact them. I am so sorry we have destroyed this country in so many ways. Love to all colors.

  13. Mary Haas says:

    Also, SET LEONARD PELTIER FREE! AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE AND WERE PERSECUTED!

  14. Will says:

    I dont think negative comments will help out with our struggle to be equal in this country of ours!

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