UNITY Co-Presidents to Attend White House Tribal Nations Conference
For the second year in a row, UNITY Executive Committee Co-Presidents have received an invitation to an event hosted by the President of the United States. Brian Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag and Sarah Scott, Lummi Nation, will attend the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference is to foster the relationship between the United States Government and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. President Obama is expected to share remarks on behalf of his administration.
As representatives of UNITY, Brian and Sarah will have an opportunity to meet with tribal leaders from across the nation. They will also attend breakout sessions on topics such as Government to Government relationships, Wellness and Mental Health, Education and Supporting Native Youth, Environmental and Cultural Resources.
The conference will provide leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe will be invited to send one representative to the conference. This year about 40 Native American high school students have been selected to attend the conference as Youth Ambassadors. This will be the sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of Native Americans. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.