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White House Announces Nov. Tribal Nations Conference

By Anne E. Kornblut
With much of the District shut down in honor of Columbus Day, the Obama administration on Monday gave a nod to Native Americans, announcing plans for a White House Tribal Nations Conference to be held on November 5.

"I look forward to hearing directly from the leaders in Indian Country about what my Administration can do to not only meet their needs, but help improve their lives and the lives of their peoples," Obama said in a statement. "This conference will serve as part of the ongoing and important consultation process that I value, and further strengthen the Nation-to-Nation relationship."

The outreach to the nation's 564 tribes comes on a federal holiday that is protested in parts of the country for celebrating the explorer Christopher Columbus, whose use of violence toward Native Americans has led the date to be renamed in some places.

Posted at 3:40 PM ET on Oct 12, 2009  | Category:  50 States
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The situation at Cherokee Nation is more dire and more complex than anyone can imagine. The fight over the Cherokee Freedmen is but a tip of a very corrupt iceberg. The tribal administration is expert at playing smoke and mirrors, diverting the attention to the freedmen issue while the abuse of federal grant funding dollars goes unchecked. The leadership's goal is to keep the feds out of the tribe's inner workings and not one of true sovereignty. It's easy. Choose any program at Cherokee and the malfeasance leaps out like a lion.

Posted by: Wisernow1 | October 14, 2009 1:00 PM

Well Folks, as usual no matter where I post the babbling fools show up and start with the character castigation of any one that post truth about Smith and cohorts, and the BOGUS CNO, with documentation...

To see simply go to http://www.cornsilks.com, and begin by clicking cornsilks cover page banner, then go to John's Place to discuss what you learn! or come back here and explain it to the babbling fools that support CNO!

John Cornsilk, Cherokee

Posted by: jwcornsilk | October 14, 2009 11:07 AM

This meeting with Obama is NOT just about Cherokees. Archjr1 and Cornsilk are disgruntled Cherokees and want to make everything about them. This meeting will be about ALL tribes.

Posted by: DoNotBelieveArchieWright | October 13, 2009 8:35 PM

Barak Black Eagle could start by upholding and enforcing the treaties the U.S. government signed with First Nations. They are legal documents.

Posted by: JuliaV | October 13, 2009 7:17 PM

archejr, the issue of tribal membership is limited to political decisions by THE TRIBES...the WH and the US Congress get no say. That's because tribes are...wait for it...pre-existing sovereigns.

So whine about it some more...but that decision was voted on, twice, by Cherokees.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | October 13, 2009 3:57 PM

The Jewish Holocaust never took place in the U.S. yet there is a tax payer funded Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

The attempted extermination of Native Americans for their land and the resulting round up and placement in reservations did take place upon American soil.......yet there is NO monument dedicated to the mistreatment of American Indians in Washington D.C.

Why??

Posted by: xeinal | October 13, 2009 2:17 PM

IT SEEMS BY THESE COMMENTS THAT SOME INDIAN LEADERS HAVE LEARNED WELL FROM THEIR "OCCUPIERS". IT'S HARD TO MEASURE HOW MUCH OF WHAT YOU OWNED IS SOMEHOW GIVEN BACK TO YOU AS "WELFARE".

DO YOU THINK THAT THE EDUCATION OF THE INDIAN CHILDREN WILL AWAKEN IN THEM THE WILL TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AS THEIR ANCESTERS DID?

WILL THE WHITE LEADERS BE AFRAID THAT THE INDIANS THAT THEY HAVE DECLARED "NATIVE SONS" (THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED THE WHITE MEN AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE) WILL LEARN NOT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST OTHER PEOPLES BECAUSE IN ANCIENT HISTORY, THEY MIGRATED TO THIS COUNTRY FROM AFRICA, (FIRST HUMANS).

I THINK THEY MAY BE ABLE TO HELP THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTAND TRIBAL LIVING AND THUS DEAL WITH OTHER TRIBES IN THE WORLD.
THERE IS MUCH TO LEARN FROM RESPECTING OTHERS.

Posted by: sm98yth | October 13, 2009 12:06 PM

Well Folks, I have to wonder has the President been advised on what to expect from the leaders such as the Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (CNO!

Will it be the lie he continually pushes in the removal of Cherokee descendants of Cherokee Citizens of the Cherokee Nation, black Cherokee known as the Freedmen? who are by fact of law are Cherokee absolutely no different than the rest of we Cherokee Members of the CNO, including the Delaware, Shawnee, by their 1869,and 67 agreements respectively, or the adopted ethnicities including Caucasian, yes there are White Cherokee with no Cherokee blood, like the Delaware and other tribal members, Creek and Nachez Indians and yes some African/Negro, so why would there be doubt there are black Cherokee class of known as freedmen?

The President could ask Chief Smith how is this right?

Then ask why all the money wasted on the removal of the Freedmen did not go to the needy depicted in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-36JJcLGbU&feature=related1 or this article in a local paper http://www.cornsilks.com/CNOpoverty.html
on poverty in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma's jurisdiction.

John Cornsilk, Cherokee

Posted by: jwcornsilk | October 13, 2009 9:48 AM

Great News!

Surely one of our more neglected issues as a nation. Surely as horrific a narrative in our history as slavery. And announced on the perfect day!

I must remember to add this to my list of things the President has initiated to change the tone of the country from one of alienation and war-making to one of dialog and the pursuit of justice. I have noticed I may be the only one keeping track as I read all the strange commentaries on what President Obama has NOT done, while concurrently complaining that he is doing too much.

Kudos, Mr. President!

Posted by: pbkritek | October 13, 2009 9:40 AM

I am so happy to read this announcement about the uncoming Tribal Nations Conference from the White House! I cannot wait to learn more about the condition of Native Americans. My husband and I were just discussing this very subject on Columbus day! This is a wonderful thing that the White House will do. Not enough is said or written on this subject by the media. Thank you Post for the alert!

Posted by: allowme1 | October 13, 2009 9:21 AM

I wonder what the Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will say?
Seems Chad 2wife Smith is removing the right to Vote from the Proud Cherokee Freedmen the Black Cherokees, who walked the Trail of Tears ?
Chad 2wife Smith is also removing Term Limits so he can be Chief for Life?
I bet Obama will want to Know how 2wife Smith is doing this?
The CNO was founded in 1975 and is wasting Federal Funds buying Stock is A company called Global Energy Group. Millions where lost by 2wife Smith.
I guess that is why the FBI and SEC are looking into this?

Posted by: archiejr1 | October 13, 2009 7:20 AM

ohboy3, you have a funny definition of free. All of those things Tribes receive from the Gov't were in EXCHANGE for an expansive country filled with riches still beyond measure because they have yet to be fully exploited, but just for one, a rainforest of timber larger than the Amazon on the East Coast now eradicated.

Tribes may have squandered funds, but mainly because the Gov't failed in their trust responsibility to assist in creating the infrastructure necessary to administer those funds. See the Cobell litigation.

Posted by: Wynstone | October 12, 2009 11:35 PM

Must admit I look forward to what I may be able to learn after this conference. Have very little knowledge on Tribal Nations. Not to mention, hollywood did a bad job educating most of us on their history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdqdsWR_hhI

Posted by: Victoria5 | October 12, 2009 8:52 PM

Hey Annie, check out the treaty agreements already in place, regarding the free health, education and welfare to Indians. Please do a follow up story on the abuses of tax payer funded, government grants that have been swanderd by the tribes over the decades.

Posted by: ohboy3 | October 12, 2009 4:15 PM

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