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Haaland to open Tribal Nations Summit Nov. 15

Deb Haaland (Courtesy image)

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is expected to give the opening remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Summit on Nov. 15. Haaland said she and her staff would participate in both days of the event, which runs through Nov. 16.

The summit is expected to bring government officials and leaders from federally recognized tribes together to discuss ways the federal government can invest in and continue to strengthen its nation-to-nation relationship and ensure that progress in Indian Country endures for years to come, a news release by the Interior Department said.

Haaland’s remarks on Nov. 15 are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. EST. She is then scheduled to participate in panel discussions with Cabinet and tribal leaders on issues including Native American education, Native languages and public safety and justice.

On Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. EST, Haaland is scheduled to host a “listening session” along with the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, Bryan Newland, and other administration leaders in order to hear directly from tribal leaders.

Other members of the Interior Department’s leadership are scheduled to participate in the event, including deputy secretary Tommy Beaudreau, solicitor Bob Anderson, deputy solicitor for Indian Affairs Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes and senior adviser for Alaska affairs Raina Thiele.

The Interior Department said it is live streaming the events on its YouTube and Facebook pages. More information about the summit can be found here.