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White House Tribal Nations Conference

December 5, 2012 1:00PM EST

Washington, D.C.

On December 5, 2012, President Obama will host representatives invited from each of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes, and Alaska Native Villages, at the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference.  Fulfilling a commitment to improve and expand dialog with Indian Country, the President has hosted a Tribal Nations Conference in each year of his Presidency to facilitate a lasting discussion between Tribal Leaders and Senior Administration Officials. The opening and closing sessions of the Conference will be available for live online viewing at and also at The expected agenda is as follows:

Opening Session, 9:00am – 10:30am EST

  • Secretary Ken Salazar, Department of the Interior
  • Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education
  • Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin, Department of the Treasury
  • Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank, Department of Commerce
  • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Agriculture

Closing Session, 1:30pm – 3:30pm EST

  • Leaders of Each Tribal Leaders Breakout Session
  • Secretary Ray LaHood, Department of Transportation
  • Secretary Hilda Solis, Department of Labor
  • President Barack Obama

The White House Tribal Nations Conference is the cornerstone of the Administration’s outreach and engagement with tribal governments and the dialogue and lessons learned will help shape federal policy in the weeks, months, and years to come. We would like to sincerely thank all tribal leaders who will be taking part in the White House Tribal Nations Conference and we look forward to our continued collaboration and dialogue.