White House Hopes Trump Won't Kill Council on Native American Affairs
January 9, 2017
The Obama White House, in its waning days, has released a new report summarizing a lengthy list of accomplishments under its watch it believes have benefited Indian country. Chief among them: the 2013 creation by executive order of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, which established an official pathway for Cabinet secretaries and top federal agency officials to coordinate and make progress on Indian issues.
The 40-page report, titled “A Renewed Era of Federal-Tribal Relations,” outlines ways the administration has tried to improve federal-tribal relationships, including its support for Indian trust and water settlements; its vast restoration of tribal lands; its support of tribal treaty rights; its aim to improve Indian health; and its goal to prioritize consultation—among many more initiatives, some of which have been largely considered successful among tribal citizens.