President Obama Establishes White House Council on Native American Affairs >>

June 26th, 2013

President Obama Establishes White House Council on Native American Affairs

Earlier today, President Barack Obama released an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The Order recognizes a government-to-government relationship, as well as the unique legal and political relationship with federally recognized tribes.

The Order states that it, “establishes a national policy to ensure that the Federal Government engages in a true and lasting government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes in a more coordinated and effective manner, including by better carrying out its trust responsibilities. It continues by stating, “This policy is established as a means of promoting and sustaining prosperous and resilient tribal communities. Greater engagement and meaningful consultation with tribes is of paramount importance in developing any policies affecting tribal nations.”

The Council will be led by Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, and will also include the heads different executive departments, federal agencies, and offices. Its mission is to coordinate policy matters impacting Native communities throughout the federal government. The Order states, “The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to support tribal self-governance and improve the quality of life for Native Americans, and shall coordinate the United States Government’s engagement with tribal governments and their communities.”

To read more on the full Executive Order, click here.

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