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President Obama and Secretary Salazar Welcome American Indian Leaders to Second White House Tribal Nations Conference


January 3, 2011

Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar kicked off the Second White House Tribal Nations Conference on Dec. 16, calling the gathering a testament to President Obama’s respect for the inherent sovereignty of Indian nations and determination to honor the Nation’s commitments to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

President Obama hosted the conference and delivered keynote remarks to leaders of the 565 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Members of the President’s cabinet and other high-ranking Administration officials participated in a series of breakout sessions with tribal leaders, discussing a wide range of social, economic and political challenges facing Indian Country.

 


  • President Obama hosts his second Tribal Nations Conference. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    President Obama
  • Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Jodi A. Gillette, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement & Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and President of the National Congress of American Indians; Montana Sen. Jon Tester; and former Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe pose for a picture. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Jodi A. Gillette, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement  & Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma also President of the National Congress of American Indians;
Jon Tester, US Senator for Montana; Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
  • Navajo Code Talkers Color Guard post flags during the conference. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Navajo Code Talkers Color Guard posting flags.
  • Government officials listen as the president delivers his keynote address.

    Pictured from left to right. First Row: Montana Sen. Jon Tester; South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin; Former Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne Tribe;Oklahoma Rep.Tom Cole. Back Row:  North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan; Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
    Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Administrators listen as the president speaks.
  • President Obama gives keynote remarks to the leaders of the 565 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    President of the United States, Barack Obama.
  • President Obama greets attendees. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    President Obama greets attendees.
  • Tribal leaders listen from the audience. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Audience members listen
  • Several breakout sessions were held throughout the day with administration officials, this one chaired by the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood (left). Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    One of the morning breakout sessions.
  • Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes leads a breakout session with other government administrators. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    breakout session
  • Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, leads a breakout session with other government administrators. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    breakout session
  • Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar, speaks at the second White House Tribal Nations Conference. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
  • A young child performs at the conference. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    A young child singing.
  • Breakout sessions were held throughout the day. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Audience
  • Lisa Jackson, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency leads a breakout session with other government administrators. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Breakout session
  • Members of the President’s cabinet and other high-ranking Administration officials participated in a series of breakout sessions with tribal leaders, discussing a wide range of social, economic and political challenges facing Indian Country. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Breakout session
  • Audience members listen to the conference. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI
    Audience member
  • President Obama
  • Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Jodi A. Gillette, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement  & Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma also President of the National Congress of American Indians;
Jon Tester, US Senator for Montana; Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
  • Navajo Code Talkers Color Guard posting flags.
  • Administrators listen as the president speaks.
  • President of the United States, Barack Obama.
  • President Obama greets attendees.
  • Audience members listen
  • One of the morning breakout sessions.
  • breakout session
  • breakout session
  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
  • A young child singing.
  • Audience
  • Breakout session
  • Breakout session
  • Audience member