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White House Tribal Nations 2013 Conference

November 07
21:59 2013

tribal_conference_smallOn Wednesday, November 13, 2013, President Obama will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior.

The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe has been invited to send one representative to the conference.

This will be the fifth White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and reinforces the President’s commitment and desire to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of Native Americans.

Tribal Nations in Arizona

Arizona has 21 federally recognized tribes with over 250,000 Native Americans. Coconino County is the second largest geographic county in the United States with six federally recognized tribes:

    • Navajo Nation
    • Hopi Tribe
    • Havasupai Tribe
    • Hualapai Tribe
    • Kaibab-Paiute Tribe
    • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe

White House Tribal Nation Conference

At the Tribal Nation Conference, Leaders from 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the president and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Although the conference was established under former President Bill Clinton, Obama is the only president to host the conference every year. Clinton in 2000 signed an executive order to facilitate more communication with tribes. Nine years later, during his first Tribal Nations Conference, Obama signed an additional order that required all cabinet agencies to submit detailed plans to improve relations with tribes. That conference, in 2009, was the largest gathering of tribal leaders in the nation’s history.

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