White House Council on Native American Affairs To Host Virtual Tribal Leader Engagement Session Monday, January 31
As announced by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit, the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) will host its first engagement session with tribal leaders on Monday, January 31, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Secretary Haaland will convene the two-and-a-half-hour virtual engagement session, which will have a dual focus. The first half of the session will focus on the Economic Development, Energy, and Infrastructure Committee of the WHCNAA and explore the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The second half will focus on the Public Safety and Justice Committee of the WHCNAA and its implementation of the Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (November 15, 2021).
During the session, tribal leaders will be asked to share their guidance, recommendations, and perspectives on the WHCNAA Committees’ efforts on the BIL and the Executive Order. The engagement session will also provide a valuable opportunity for federal agencies to share information about existing resources, plans for upcoming consultations, and insights into planned work over the coming months.
Please be sure to register in advance to attend and make your voice heard.
Following this inaugural session, WHCNAA tribal leader engagement sessions will occur three times a year, in addition to the Tribal Nations Summit. The goal of the tribal leader engagement sessions is for tribal leaders to have meaningful input on the policies and deliverables of the WHCNAA.