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Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communities

Summary: 
The 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country, and a new report examines the President’s agenda and how this Administration, by working together with tribes, has made a difference for American Indians and Alaska Natives
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)

Over the past four years, through tribal consultation and the White House Tribal Nations Conferences, President Obama and his Administration have worked to ensure that tribal leaders are directly involved in setting policy priorities. Today, President Obama is hosting the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior.

This conference continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government to government relationship with Indian Country, by providing invited leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration.  In conjunction with today’s event, the White House released a report, Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communities,” that examines the President’s agenda and how this Administration, by working together with tribes, has made a difference for American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

The report highlights:

The Administration’s commitment to tribal consultation and collaboration is reflected in each of the above areas of progress.  But we know there is still much more work to do, and we look forward to the continued partnership with tribal governments in the months and years ahead.

Download the report here: Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communities

Jodi Gillette is Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council.