Strengthening Indian Country

Bolstering the government-to-government relationship, while acknowledging the past and working toward a better future for Indian Country

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We must ensure that Tribes have a seat at the table for every decision that impacts them and their communities. From clean energy projects and economic development to addressing past injustices against Tribal communities, the Biden-Harris administration is committed to fulfilling federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations and working for Indian Country.” 

 Secretary Deb Haaland

  • Secretary Haaland sits in front of a sign that reads "Tribal Nations Summit"
    Robust consultation with Tribal Nations is the cornerstone of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to respect Tribal sovereignty and self-governance and fulfill federal trust and treaty responsibilities.

    Tribal Consultations

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    American Indian and Alaska Native people are at a disproportionate risk of experiencing violence, murder, or going missing. Interior is using an all-of-government approach to address this crisis.

    Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

  • Five people wearing moccasins
    In June of 2021, Secretary Haaland announced the Federal Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive review of the troubled legacy of federal boarding school policies.

    Federal Boarding School Initiative

  • Representatives at the Tribal Nations Summit in front of American flags
    Chaired by Secretary Haaland and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, the White House Council on Native American Affairs coordinates with Tribal Nations to advance work on key issues.

    WH Council on Native American Affairs

  • Secretary Haaland solemnly stands next to a red shawl that is on an armchair.
    The Not Invisible Act Commission is an advisory committee composed of law enforcement, Tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of missing and murdered individuals and survivors working to implement the Not Invisible Act of 2019.

    Not Invisible Act Commission

  • Secretary Haaland speaks into a microphone while wearing a mask.
    During the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit, Secretary Deb Haaland announced the formation of the Department’s first-ever Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC).

    Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee