Blog Posts Related to the Native American Community

  • Strengthening DOL’s Interactions with Sovereign Tribal Nations

    Ed. Note: This piece is cross-posted from the Department of Labor's Official Blog.

    Yesterday, the Department of Labor published in the Federal Register a proposed tribal consultation policy. This will create a formal process through which the department will engage in consultation with federally recognized tribes on actions or policies that will have significant impact on tribal nations. 

    I am pleased that this day has come.  Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis directed me to create a team here at the department to draft a document that solidifies the department’s commitment to meaningful government-to-government relationships between the department and sovereign tribal nations.  Over the last year, the team has conducted multiple listening sessions with tribal leaders across the country to solicit feedback.

    Secretary Solis Meets with the National Indian Youth Council

    Secretary Solis meets with the National Indian Youth Council, a DOL Division of Indian and Native American Programs grantee in Albuquerque, NM (Photo courtesy of the Department of Labor).

  • Let’s Move! In Indian Country – Tell Us Your Stories

    Since coming into the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama has made the promotion of a healthier America one of her primary goals. Through her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady has dedicated her time to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.  May of 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of Let’s Move! In Indian Country which brings together federal agencies, local communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes in order to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation. 

  • Preserving Our Natural Resources for the Future

    Harold "Gus" Frank is being recognized as a Champion of Change for his work demonstrating that corporate environmental leadership makes sense, both for business and for American communities.

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community (”FCPC” or the “Tribe”) is guided by a fundamental belief in protecting Mother Earth and ensuring that future generations will have access to clean air, water and land.  This philosophy has led FCPC to become an environmentally proactive tribe and take a pragmatic approach to ecological stewardship.

    Over the past several years, FCPC has implemented a number of energy efficiency initiatives to significantly lower its energy usage and reduce its carbon emissions. Since 2007, the Tribe has reduced its energy usage per gross square foot by 12 percent and reduced their corresponding carbon emissions by more than 20 percent. These efficiencies have significantly lowered both the Tribe’s energy costs and its environmental footprint.  It has eliminated more than 14,400 tons of emitted carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2,560 passenger vehicles, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 1,630 homes for one year.

  • A New Beginning for the U.S.-Tribal Trust Relationship

    This post originally appeared on the Department of Justice blog.
    Attorney General Eric Holder at Tribal Trust Settlement Event

    Attorney General Eric Holder announces the settlement of breach-of-trust lawsuits filed by more than 40 federally recognized American Indian tribes against the United States, April 11, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Justice).

    Today, we were honored to join Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to announce the settlement of breach-of-trust lawsuits filed by more than 40 federally recognized American Indian tribes against the United States.  The announcement was an extraordinary conclusion to nearly two years of negotiations between the tribes and the United States that have culminated in settlements between the government and 41 tribes, totaling more than $1 billion.

  • White House Event on Tribal Trust Case Settlements

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 1:30pm EST, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and other senior members of the Obama Administration will join tribal leaders to announce a significant step forward in the resolution of tribal trust cases pending against the United States.  Many of the cases include claims by the tribes that go back over 100 years.  Tomorrow’s event will recognize the good-faith cooperation and hard work of the Administration and 41 American Indian tribes in working out fair and honorable resolutions of the tribes’ claims.

  • White House Rural Council Hosts Native American Food and Agriculture Roundtable Discussion


    Yesterday, the White House Rural Council hosted a Native American Food and Agriculture Roundtable Discussion, bringing together tribal leaders and experts on Native American agricultural economic development with Administration officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Council on Environmental Quality, and federal agency partners including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Commerce, Treasury, and the Small Business Administration.

    The White House Rural Council was established by an Executive Order of President Obama in June 2011. The Rural Council, chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, is dedicated to creating jobs and fostering economic development in Rural America. This is an all hands on deck approach - to accomplish this goal of growing the rural economy, the President appointed 14 Cabinet Members to the Council. In August 2011, the Council hosted the White House Native American Business Leaders Roundtable, which provided officials an opportunity to hear from Native American business leaders and policy experts about ways we can work together to improve economic conditions and create jobs in tribal communities.

    The Native American Agriculture and Food Roundtable served as a forum for leaders and experts to contribute ideas for fostering community and agricultural economic development with a particular focus on Leasing, Technical Assistance, Strategic Business Planning and Access to Capital, Credit and other Financial Resources. These topics were chosen because of their importance for agricultural economic growth in Rural America and Indian Country. The White House Rural Council convened this roundtable to gather information and ideas to help us identify administrative barriers and explore opportunities to foster food and agricultural opportunities in Indian Country.

  • Tribal Health and the Affordable Care Act

    Recently, I had the privilege to speak about how the Affordable Care Act is having a positive impact in Indian Country as I joined other Administration officials in addressing the Executive Council Winter Session of the National Congress on American Indians in Washington, D.C.

    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Indian tribes, tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations can now choose to purchase health insurance coverage for their employees through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program.

  • Secretary Bryson Delivers Remarks at National Congress of American Indians

    Editor's note: This post originally appeared on The Commerce Blog.

    Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson delivered remarks at 2012 Executive Council Winter Session of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest national representative of Tribal Nations in the United States. Bryson spoke about Commerce Department initiatives to promote exports, job creation and infrastructure in Indian Country.