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How the White House Tribal Nations Summit started

Jodi Archambault is a former senior advisor for Native affairs under the Obama administration. She tells us the history of the White House Tribal Nations Summit. Plus, the latest on what's happened at this week's summit * This story has a correction

The White House Tribal Nations Summit is in full swing this week. Its purpose is to build better relationships between tribal nations and the United States.

Jodi Archambault is Standing Rock Sioux and was one of the leaders responsible for the summit's original creation in 2008. She helped organize North Dakota for then presidential candidate Barack Obama. After his victory she went to work in the Obama-Biden administration where she held a variety of posts, including as a special assistant to the president.

ICT managing editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, gives us an update from Washington D.C. on this year's summit. 

  • President Joe Biden hailed “a new era” for nation-to-nation engagement with tribal nations, in his nine minute speech at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit.
  • With the signing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Monday, 736 million dollars will be made available for Indian Country. 
  • In Australia, an Indigenous-led project is helping to protect land from erosion.
  • Indigenous actress Amber Midthunder is all set to star in the new "Predator" prequel. 

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Correction: Jodi Archambault's title at the White House was special assistant to the president. She also served on the White House Domestic Policy Council as a senior advisor.  And she was a deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior and before that as the White House associate director of intergovernmental affairs.