Jefferson Keel, the current President of the National Congress of American Indians and the Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, shares his experience participating in the White House Rural Economic Forum in Iowa.
August 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM ET by Charlie Galbraith
The Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council met with Native American economic development experts for a White House Native American Business Leaders Roundtable to discuss ways to improve economic conditions and create jobs in tribal communities.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perrelli shares the work that the Department of Justice has undertaken to implement the Tribal Law and Order Act into law on the one year anniversary of President Obama signing it into law.
July 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM ET by Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli
Kimberly Teehee, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, reflects on the one year anniversary of the Tribal Law and Order Act, which improves the ability of Indian tribes to investigate and prosecute crimes impacting tribal communities.
Ross Racine, Executive Director of Intertribal Agriculture Council, reviews the history of government recognition of Indian American agriculture, and the need to improve Indian access to rural programs.
Lance Morgan, member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and President/CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., speaks on the efforts for economic development in rural communities and opening job opportunities for tribal members.
To further engage Native American youth, the White House recently launched the Native American Youth Challenge to learn about how young people are working to solve problems in their communities. One way this is taking place is through Let’s Move in Indian Country, and this morning the White House was pleased to host a South Lawn Series event for youth to learn about lacrosse from some of the best players in the game.
While rural communities face challenges, they also present economic potential. The Council will address these challenges, build on the Administration’s rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy.
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar honors a recent court action giving settlements for potential federal mismanagement of Native American trust funds. The Department of Interior is committed to reconciliation and empowerment for American Indian nations through comprehensive reform of its trust responsibilities.
Eric Schurz, a father who had his life turned around by a fatherhood program in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, gives a personal narrative of overcoming life's obstacles and the power of self-transformation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives are highly impacted by HIV/AIDS despite that less they make up less than 1 percent of those living with HIV. CDC is working with the Indian Health Service on preventive meansures and promotion programs.
Secretary Salazar kicks off the White House Tribal Nation's Conference, a gathering that is a testament to President Obama's respect for the inherent sovereignty of Indian nations and determination to honor our commitments to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
March 20th is the fourth annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about a disease that disproportionately affects the American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, talks about the recent DOJ announcement that the department is strengthening its commitment to fighting crimes of violence against Native American women.