On November 12, a dozen tribal leaders met with President Barack Obama prior to the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference going on today. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby was one of the 12.
“Historically, effective communication between tribal leaders and the federal government is vital to a productive government-to-government relationship,” Gov. Anoatubby said following the meeting.
“President Obama’s administration has worked closely with tribal leaders to implement a number of policies which have helped enhance the quality of life of Native Americans. He has developed a tribal consultation policy enabling leaders of American Indian tribes to have meaningful input into the development of policies which have enhanced housing, health care, education, economic development and law enforcement services in Indian country.
“This meeting to discuss vital policy issues affecting Native Americans directly with President Obama is further evidence the president is committed to continuing to develop that relationship,” the longtime Chickasaw Nation leader added.
The lead-up meeting between the tribal leaders, President Obama, administration officials focused on job creation, economic development in tribal communities and other important issues to the original inhabitants of Turtle Island.