June 28th, 2011
The White House announced to tribal leaders recently its launch of a webpage “Winning the Future: President Obama and the Native American Community.”
The webpage is intended to “serve as another tool to help Indian Country navigate the federal government and learn about how the President’s Agenda is helping to win the future for Native Americans.”
President Obama has worked, like maybe no president before him, “to strengthen the government-to-government relationship between the United States and tribal governments in order to improve the quality of life for all Native Americans.”
The announcement also states that the Obama Administration “made sure the Recovery Act included many job-creating investments for Indian Country” and “[o]ur health care reform permanently authorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, and the President signed into law the Tribal Law and Order Act, which will help fight crime in Indian Country.
The launch of this webpage features a blog post by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on the recent court approval of the historic settlement in the Cobell lawsuit, “A Historic Step Towards True Trust Reform.”
The new webpage is “designed to be a centralized forum to share information about those ongoing efforts, while continuing to improve our government-to-government relationship.”
The White House webpage also contains a Resources Tab designed to be a toolkit for tribal leaders that brings together over 25 different agencies and departments into one, navigable location.
Periodic e-mail updates will also keep Indian Country updated and informed of the issues that affect Indian communities on a day-to-day basis.