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obamaWASHINGTON – 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.

Decision 2003: A Forum on the Future of Louisiana
Presented by The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

How it Came to Be

By Darnée Wambsgans, TBIPAC Assistant

Early this year, David Rivas, Jr., Director of Political Affairs, Jim Nickel and Bud Courson of Courson Nickel, the tribe's lobbyists in Baton Rouge , discussed the possibility of hosting a televised gubernatorial debate. Considering the success of the TBIPAC's Government to Government Series, the possibility was very real and within reach.

ObamaNovember 05, 2009
As part of President Obama’s sustained outreach to the American people, this conference will provide leaders from the 564 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration.  Each federally recognized tribe has been invited to send one representative to the conference.

He also discussed how tribes face the same kinds of challenges all of America faces, and how he plans to address those challenges.  In closing, he made clear that he is an ally:

Tunica-Biloxi, Louisiana ,By Liz Hill (OJIBWE)

For the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, the 21st century has ushered in a renaissance of its proud Native heritage and traditions that go back millennie in the southeastern United States. Almost obliterated by disease, warfare and other catastrophic events of the 18th through 20th centuries, like many of the Native tribes of teh Southeast, thses proud people have risen from thelowly place where they had been downtrodden to a position that reflects their long history among the original inhabitants of the Americas.

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