Obama Establishes White House Council on Native American Affairs

Posted By Paul G June 26th, 2013 Last Updated on: June 26th, 2013

The White House has released an executive order establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

From the order:

The United States recognizes a government-to-government relationship, as well as a unique legal and political relationship, with federally recognized tribes. This relationship is set forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, Executive Orders, administrative rules and regulations, and judicial decisions. Honoring these relationships and respecting the sovereignty of tribal nations is critical to advancing tribal self-determination and prosperity.

As we work together to forge a brighter future for all Americans, we cannot ignore a history of mistreatment and destructive policies that have hurt tribal communities. The United States seeks to continue restoring and healing relations with Native Americans and to strengthen its partnership with tribal governments, for our more recent history demonstrates that tribal self-determination — the ability of tribal governments to determine how to build and sustain their own communities — is necessary for successful and prospering communities. We further recognize that restoring tribal lands through appropriate means helps foster tribal self-determination

This order establishes a national policy to ensure that the Federal Government engages in a true and lasting government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes in a more coordinated and effective manner, including by better carrying out its trust responsibilities. This policy is established as a means of promoting and sustaining prosperous and resilient tribal communities. Greater engagement and meaningful consultation with tribes is of paramount importance in developing any policies affecting tribal nations.

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Will this new group help relationships between the federal government and tribal government?

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Beverly Fry

If tribal self-determination is to be fostered by “restoring tribal lands through appropriate means”, what governmental body and what majority of peoples will decide which lands will be restored? “Appropriate means” must be decided by a balanced, non-self-assuming group of well-informed, educated peoples representing the will of all peoples involved.

Robert Jacobs Chavis

see they still only state fed tribes,,there are many true nations of native blood that are left out, because they do not want to give our land back,, the Skarohreh Tuscarora Indian Nation in NC as always had a white so-called recognition with the USA and NC,, but they just ignore those treaties an dour people the ones who stayed in NC and endured many hard ships to stay in our homeland just to see it stolen and given away,,just the word federal recognition shows the DC crowd is not really serious about this statement they made ,, we do not want money in NC we just want our lands back and we will show you how not to drain the USA coffers,,


These are more words on paper, but giving them a chance to put them into actions and having Tribal Members on the counsel would show sincerity and give balance.

Linda Montgomery

I read the full Order. Interesting that there are no membership provisions for tribal governments – only departments of the US Government. Guess it has been determined that we do not have a say in what they discuss. More meaningless words.

Mary L Rizzon

Just wanted to say: it’s about time!


So…..they should tell The Supreme Court !

JC Wilson

…Will Be Interesting To See How Many Native Americans Will Be Seated To Counsel/Govern Their Own Affairs…

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