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November 1, 2013

White House Tribal Nations Conference Set for November 13
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President Barack ObamaWashington DC:  On Wednesday, November 13, President Barack Obama will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior.

The conference enables Native leaders to interact directly with President Obama and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.  Each of the 566 federally recognized tribes may send one representative to the conference.

This will be the fifth White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration.

“Every year I look forward to this event," President Obama said during the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference.  "It's especially wonderful to see so many friends that I've gotten to know from various nations all across the country.  You guys inspire me every single day, and whenever I've traveled to your home states there's been such a warm welcome that I've received. So I'm truly grateful to all of you.”

Earlier this year, President Obama created the White House Council on Native American Affairs which met for the first time on July 29. The Council is scheduled to meet at least three times a year. Their focus is on advancing five priorities issues raised by tribal leaders during previous White House Tribal Nations Conferences:

Promoting sustainable
economic development.

Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of
tribal justice systems.

Supporting greater access to and control over healthcare.

Expanding and improving
educational opportunities

for Native American youth.

Protecting and supporting the
sustainable management
of Native lands, environments, and natural resources.

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