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Kalle Benallie
Indian Country Today

The dates are finally set. All 574 federally recognized tribal nations will have the chance to take part in the White House Tribal Nations Summit in November.

On Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, tribal leaders will chat with the White House on key issues, policies, and goals for Indian Country.

It will commence virtually after extending it from its original date in October. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in April that officials hoped it would be an in-person gathering, if the pandemic eased at the end of the year.

Six panels and a listening session, with high-level administration officials, will center on issues prevalent to Indian Country:

  • Combating COVID-19 in Indian Country
  • Native American education and Native languages
  • Public safety and justice
  • Climate change impacts and solutions in Indian Country
  • Tribal treaty rights and sacred lands
  • Economic development and workforce development/infrastructure, housing and energy
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The conference began as a promise by President Barack Obama made during a visit to the Crow Nation in 2008, but has not been held since Obama’s last year in office in 2016. President Donald Trump reestablished the White House Council on Native American Affairs but did not host the tribal nations conference while in office.

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The Biden-Harris administration said it is dedicated to its treaty responsibilities and the event is an opportunity to connect tribal leaders and high-level administration officials together.

Registration is open until Nov. 5. If you have already registered, there is no need to re-register.

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ICT's Aliyah Chavez contributed to the report.