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Building Prosperous & Resilient Tribal Nations

The Administration is releasing a progress report outlining the Administration’s work in Indian Country in 2015.

On September 26, 2016, President Obama will host the eighth White House Tribal Nations Conference, welcoming leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes to Washington, DC.  The upcoming Tribal Nations Conference builds upon last November’s conference, where the President and high-level federal officials met with Tribal leaders and Native youth to discuss the important steps that need to be taken to support tribal self-determination and prosperity for Indian Country.

Ahead of September’s Conference, the White House is pleased to release the 2015 Tribal Nations Conference Progress Report, Building Prosperous & Resilient Tribal Nations. The report identifies progress and milestones from the Administration’s path building the nation-to-nation relationship, and provides a comprehensive overview of the progress federal agencies made toward building a more prosperous and resilient Indian Country in 2015.

Highlights of the 2015 report include:

  • The continuation of work in support of the President’s Generation Indigenous initiative to expand opportunity for Native youth, including the inaugural White House Youth Gathering,
  • The resolution of longstanding legal disputes, particularly the Ramah and Chickasaw and Choctaw cases, to rebuild trust in the nation-to-nation relationship,
  • The continued commitment to restore and return trust lands to Indian Country through the Department of the Interior’s $1.9 billion Land Buy-Back Program and other agency efforts,
  • New coordination of federal services to Indian Country, including the release of Native One Stop, a single website for Native Americans to learn about government resources available to them.

As we look forward to welcoming tribal leaders from across the country in September, we mark the historic progress this Administration has made to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

“While we cannot undo the pain and tragedy of the past, we can set out together to forge a brighter future of progress and hope across Indian Country and the entire American landscape.” – President Obama

Download the report here.

Karen Diver is the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council