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Watch the 2012 State of the Indian Nations Live Webcast on Thursday at 10:30 AM Eastern

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Indian Country Today Media Network will be carrying the 2012 State of the Indian Nations address by Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians.

The address is a response of sorts to the annual State of the Union address delivered by President Barack Obama on Tuesday night. “President Obama outlined a clear path for the economic future of America in the State of the Union—we support these efforts as Indian Country is integral to revitalizing the American economy," Keel said in a statement. "We call on the Administration and Congress to free our economies and create a more flexible government that honors the ability of Tribal Nations to determine our own future. Members of both parties in the House and Senate have shown that issues affecting tribes are nonpartisan. The President has shown outstanding support of tribes. The time to act is now. In our national address we will outline legislation and action the federal government can take right now, to make Indian Country even stronger.”

Keel's remarks will be streamed live on this site beginning at 10:30 AM Eastern on Thursday January 26.