President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative focuses on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential. Gen-I promotes a national dialogue and policies and programs to mobilize and cultivate the next generation of Native leaders.
Since his first day in office, President Obama worked to strengthen the government-to-government relationship between the United States and tribal governments in order to improve the quality of life for all American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Recognizing that the best policies for Indian Country come from Indian Country, the Administration has engaged tribal leaders like never before by hosting White House Tribal Leaders Conferences and ordering agencies to create detailed consultation policies.
This high level of engagement has brought about great progress by ensuring that the Recovery Act included many tribal priorities, that the Affordable Care Act permanently authorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. As well as the enactment of the Tribal Law and Order Act to fight crime in Indian Country and the settlement of longstanding legal claims in the Cobell case over the accounting of tribal resources and the Keepseagle case resolving allegations of discrimination against Native American farmers and ranchers.