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President Obama creates a White House Council on Native American Affairs

On June 26, the President issues an executive order creating a White House Council on Native American Affairs.  I have reprinted the order below.  Executive Order — Establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs   Executive Order — Establishing … Continue reading

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White House creates tribal specific webpage

The White House announced to tribal leaders recently its launch of a webpage “Winning the Future: President Obama and the Native American Community.” The webpage is intended to “serve as another tool to help Indian Country navigate the federal government … Continue reading

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President Obama recognizes Indian tribes as sovereign nations

At a White House Tribal Nations Conference on Thursday Dec. 16, President Obama told representatives of more than 300 American Indian tribal governments that his administration will sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While not … Continue reading

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White House lauds Senate for approving settlements

President Obama congratulated the Senate on passing the Claims Settlement Act of 2010. The Settlement Act would fund the agreements reached in the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers, and the Cobell lawsuit, brought by American Indians over … Continue reading

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President Obama to host second tribal conference

The White House announced another tribal nations conference as part of President Barack Obama’s ongoing outreach efforts. The conference will be Dec. 16. Each of the 565 federally recognized tribes is invited to send one representative to the conference. The … Continue reading

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United States apologizes to American Indians – but forgets to tell them?!

Senator Sam Brownback, R-KS, has been introducing an apology resolution to American Indians in the Senate since 2004. It was nothing more than just a general statement of apology and did not create any potential for lawsuits oor offer to … Continue reading

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Obama signs cigarette bill over tribal objections

President Barack Obama signed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act into law on Wednesday. The law prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes and certain tobacco products. The law effectively kills the tribal tobacco industry. The Seneca Nation had … Continue reading

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