Small group of tribal leaders meets with Obama at White House
President Barack Obama meets with tribal leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, December 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).

A small group of tribal leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

The group represented 12 regions of the U.S. They were:
• Earl J. Barbry, Sr., Chairman, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
• Cedric Black Eagle, Chairman, Crow Nation
• Brian Cladoosby, Chairman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
• Karen Diver, Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
• Brenda Edwards, Chairperson, Caddo Nation
• Tex G. Hall, Chairman, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation: Three Affiliated Tribes
• Gary Hayes, Chairman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
• John Red Eagle, Principal Chief, Osage Nation
• Joe Shirley, Jr. , President, Navajo Nation
• Robert H. Smith, Chairman, Pala Band of Mission Indians
• Edward K. Thomas, President, Tlingit Haida Central Council
• Mervin Wright, Jr., Chairman, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada

The meeting came on the eve of the 2nd White House Tribal Nations Conference, being held at the Interior Department today. Obama is delivering opening and closing remarks at the meeting.

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