Published September 25, 2016
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders are in Washington for the final White House Tribal Nations Conference of the Obama administration that takes place on Monday and Tuesday.
The 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. This will be the President’s eighth and final Tribal Nations Conference, providing tribal leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes with the opportunity to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
As can be imagined tribal leaders were interested in the standoff at Standing Rock, where thousands of American Indians and supporters have demonstrated against the Dakota Access pipeline.
Indian Country leaders heard an update from Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, whose tribe has gained international attention with its fight against the Dakota Access pipeline. Last week, he was in Geneva as a guest of the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission. On Thursday, Archambault participated in a Congressional forum on Capitol Hill.
Each federally recognized tribe is invited to send one representative to the conference. This year’s conference will continue to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The President’s remarks and the morning and afternoon sessions of the Tribal Nations Conference will be pooled for television and open to limited pre-credentialed still photographers and correspondents. The conference will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. An agenda will be provided in confirmation emails.
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