Obama's District Court Nominee to Be Sole Native American on Federal Bench
Washington, D.C. – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) commends the Obama Administration's nomination of Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvo Mikkanen to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. NCAI, the nation's oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native organization, is calling on the Senate to move quickly to confirm the appointment and fill the federal district court vacancy. Read Full Details Here!
Echo Hawk Announces BIA Law Enforcement's 2010 "Don't Shatter the Dream" Mobilization During Holiday Season
Washington, D.C. – Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk today announced
that on December 20 the Bureau of Indian Affairs began its 2010 impaired driving prevention
campaign, "Don't Shatter the Dream," which is being conducted by BIA and tribal law
enforcement agencies in Indian Country through January 2, 2011. Read Full Details Here!
Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk Issues Tribal Gaming Determinations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Cowlitz Tribe of Indians in Washington State may conduct gaming under a decision approved by the Department of the Interior today. Read Full Details Here!
Secretary Salazar Welcomes American Indian Leaders to Second White House Tribal Nations Conference
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar kicked off the Second White House Tribal Nations
Conference today, 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
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President Obama Announces U.S. Support for United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
vWASHINGTON, D.C. - December 16, 2010 - President Obama announced that the United States will lend its support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) today during the second annual Tribal Nations Summit in Washington, D.C. Prior to this morning's announcement, the United States had been the lone holdout of the original four nations to vote against the adoption of the Declaration by the UN General Assembly in 2007; the other three (Australia, New Zealand, and Canada) have all since reversed their position. Read Full Details Here!
President Obama Holds Direct Talks with American Indian Leaders at the White House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2010 – President Obama met directly with 12 tribal leaders at the White House this afternoon. The meeting with the tribal leaders from 12 regions of the United States, comes the day before the President will host leaders from the 565 federally-recognized tribes during the White House Tribal Nations Summit, the second in as many years. The National Congress of American Indians is hailing the meeting as a substantial step in establishing a nation-to-nation relationship for the 21st Century.
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Echo Hawk Launches Initiative to Strengthen BIA Law Enforcement Training on Domestic Violence in Indian Country
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk announced today
that he has directed the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Michael S. Black, and the BIA's
Deputy Bureau Director for Justice Services, Darren A. Cruzan, to increase the training of BIA
and tribal law enforcement officers to aid them as they respond to domestic violence incidents in
the tribal communities they serve. Read Full Details Here!
Tribal Communities Look to Obama Tax Package to Provide Relief from Ongoing Recession
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 9, 2010 - The National Congress of American Indians has issued a statement of support for President Obama's bipartisan tax cuts package. NCAI President Jefferson Keel, leader of the nation's oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization, called on members of both the House and Senate to find a common path forward to address the unemployment and economic challenges facing tribal communities. Read Full Details Here!
President Obama Signs Cobell Settlement, Closes Chapter on Historic Injustices
WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 08, 2010 - President Obama signed into law today the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 which included the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement and major tribal water settlements that have been at the forefront of Indian Country's legislative agenda. Read Full Details Here!
Attorney General Holder, Secretaries Salazar and Vilsack Applaud Final Passage of the Claims Settlement Act
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Departments of Justice, Interior and Agriculture applauded the bipartisan House passage of the Claims Settlement Act. The Act, which recently passed the Senate, will provide long-awaited funding for the agreements reached in the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers; the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans over the management of Indian trust accounts and resources; and four
separate water rights suits made by Native American tribes. President Obama has said that he will sign the legislation into law. Read Full Details Here!
Salazar: Settlement Agreements with First Americans. Mark Historic Progress in Reconciliation, Empowerment
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today praised President Obama’s signing of five major settlements for Indian Country, calling the agreements a milestone in empowerment and reconciliation for the Nation’s First Americans. Read Full Details Here!
Historic Cobell Settlement Passes U.S. House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 30, 2010 – In a historic vote today, the United States House of
Representatives passed the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement as part of H.R. 4387, the Claims
Resolution Act of 2010. The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 now moves to President Obama's
desk for signature. Read Full Details Here!
Echo Hawk Names Kevin J. Martin as Director
WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk today announced that he has named Kevin J. Martin, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma, as Director of the Indian Affairs Office of Budget Management (OBM). Read More Here