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December 19th, 2010

President Obama Holds Second White House Tribal Nations Conference: Announces U.S. Support for U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Thursday, December 16th, President Obama hosted the second annual White House Tribal Nations Conference with leaders of the 565 federally recognized Indian tribes. Nine cabinet secretaries and dozens of high ranking federal officials attended with President Obama.

The President stated his administration is focused on improving the economy and creating jobs. He discussed a number of the administration’s successes in Indian country over the past year, including implementation of the Recovery Act to rebuild tribal roads and infrastructure, reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, and passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act. The biggest piece of news delivered by the President was his announcement that the United States would support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, an announcement decades in the making.

After hearing remarks by the President, tribal leaders met in break-out sessions to discuss solutions to improving 5 issue areas affecting all of Indian country. These sessions included: (1) the nation-to-nation relationship; (2) education, health care, and community services; (3) economic development, housing, and infrastructure; (4) tribal land, cultural protection, and natural resources; and (5) public safety and homeland security.

Complete remarks of President Obama at the conference can be found here.

The U.S. State Department’s official announcement on the support of the U.N. Declaration can be found here.

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