Published January 17, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is confirmed to attend the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2018 Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS) at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., which will be held from Monday, February 12 to Thursday, February 15, 2018.
“We look forward to welcoming Secretary Zinke to NCAI’s Executive Council Winter Session, our first conference of the new year,” said NCAI President Jefferson Keel. “There is much we can work on together to address the needs of tribes as we strengthen Indian Country’s relationship with the Department of the Interior.”
Upholding the federal government’s trust responsibilities to the 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, the Department of the Interior (DOI) also oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters and is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states. As the 52nd U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Zinke leads more than 70,000 employees who supervise 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and other public lands.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.