President Obama to host the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference

January 05, 2021

President Obama to host the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference

Some of our friends at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation are in Washington, D.C., this week for business -- some of which includes the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference.

Scott Moore and Nick Tilsen of Thunder Valley CDC in the atrium of the Department of Transportation in D.C.

The following about the conference was posted today by Charles Galbraith, an Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.


On December 5, 2012, President Obama will host representatives invited from each of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes, and Alaska Native Villages, at the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Fulfilling a commitment to improve and expand dialog with Indian Country, the President has hosted a Tribal Nations Conference in each year of his Presidency to facilitate a lasting discussion between Tribal Leaders and Senior Administration Officials.

The opening and closing sessions of the Conference will be available for live online viewing at and also at

The expected agenda is as follows

Opening Session, 9-10:30 a.m. EST

Secretary Ken Salazar, Department of the Interior

Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education

Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin, Department of the Treasury
Secretary Rebecca Blank, Department of Commerce

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services

Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Agriculture

Closing Session, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST

Leaders of Each Tribal Leaders Breakout Session

Secretary Ray LaHood, Department of Transportation

Secretary Hilda Solis, Department of Labor

President Barack Obama

The White House Tribal Nations Conference is the cornerstone of the Administration's outreach and engagement with tribal governments and the dialogue and lessons learned will help shape federal policy in the weeks, months and years to come. We would like to sincerely thank all tribal leaders who will be taking part in the White House Tribal Nations Conference and we look forward to our continued collaboration and dialogue.

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