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

Office of the Secretary

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.