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
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