The White House announced on Monday that President Obama will hold the second White House Tribal Nations Conference on Dec. 16, 2010.
According to a White House Press Release:
As part of President Obama’s ongoing outreach to the American people, this conference will provide leaders from the 565 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. This will be the second White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the nation to nation relationship with Indian Country.
Editorial note: While I am excited about the opportunity for Indian Tribes to meet with the President, it would be even better if representatives from state recognized Tribes could attend as well. However, I do understand the politics behind why the White House would not extend the invitation.