(from Indianz) The 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference is fast approaching. This year’s conference takes place December 3 at the Capitol Hilton. The event is normally held at the main Interior Department but a new location is required due to ongoing renovations at the building. The complete schedule is still being developed but at least nine Cabinet members, along with other top officials, will be participating. President Barack Obama is expected to join tribal leaders in the afternoon. The tentative schedule follows:
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Opening Session with Attorney General Eric Holder, the Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet
Prior to Lunch – Breakout sessions with Cabinet members and federal officials
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Closing Session with President Obama, the Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz, White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Director Michael Boots
Obama has been holding the conference since 2009. He promised to meet regularly with tribal leaders during his 2008 presidential campaign. Each federally recognized tribe is invited to send a representative to the conference.