Today the President will be giving the opening and closing remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference. The conference will include leaders from 564 federally recognized tribes and various Cabinet secretaries. According to the New York Times, the participants will discuss a wide range of topics from treaty obligations and tribal sovereignty, to issues of economic development, natural resources, public safety, housing, education and health care.
The conference, the first since President Clinton held one in 1994, some 15 years ago, is being well received. This will be the second campaign promise to the Native American community that the President has followed up on, after naming Kimberly Teehee as senior policy adviser for Native American affairs and a member of his Domestic Policy Council in July.
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