President Obama and the Native American Community

President Obama to Host the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference

Tomorrow, President Obama will host representatives invited from 566 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes at the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference. This year marks the 5th Conference and reinforces our commitment to a strong government-to-government relationship with Tribal Leadership.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference (December 5, 2012)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Earlier this year, the President established the White House Council on Native American Affairs to promote and sustain prosperous and resilient Tribal nations. Chair of this Council, Secretary Jewell of the Department of the Interior, will lead several Cabinet officials in direct discussions with tribal leaders during the Conference.

You can watch the morning and afternoon sessions of the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference by tuning in at www.DOI.gov/live.

The agenda is as follows:

Morning Session, 9:00am – 11:30am EST

  • Secretary Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior
  • Secretary Eric Shinseki, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Secretary Anthony Foxx, Department of Transportation
  • Secretary Ernest Moniz, Department of Energy
  • Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Justice

Afternoon Session, 2:00pm – 4:00pm EST

  • Administrator Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Secretary Thomas Perez, Department of Labor
  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Agriculture

Listening Session of the White House Council on Native American Affairs:

  • Secretary Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior (Chair and Co-Moderator)
  • Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (Co-Moderator)
  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Agriculture
  • Secretary Thomas Perez, Department of Labor
  • Secretary Shaun Donovan, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education
  • Acting Secretary Rand Beers, Department of Homeland Security
  • Administrator Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit, Small Business Administration
  • Chair Nancy Sutley, Council on Environmental Quality

President Barack Obama

Audience members listen as President Obama delivers remarks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference (December 5, 2012)

Audience members listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

We hope you will join us.

Charlie Gailbraith is an Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jodi Gillette is a Senior Policy Advisor for the Domestic Policy Council.

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