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Native America Calling: Assessing the White House Tribal Nations Summit
Monday, December 11, 2023

Federal funds, consultation, and lacrosse: assessing the White House Tribal Nations Summit
President Joe Biden signed an executive order during the White House Tribal Nations Summit that his administration says will provide tribes with better access to federal funds.

President Biden says it is part of the ongoing efforts to “heal the wrongs of the past”. Other topics at the summit, among tribal and administration officials, centered on consultation, climate change, the scourge of fentanyl, and President Biden’s endorsement of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy lacrosse team competing under their own flag in the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

Native America Calling talks with tribal leaders about the summit and the Biden Administration’s track record on its nation-to-nation relationship with tribes.

Joe Biden
President Joe Biden signs an executive order at the White House Tribal Nations Summit in Washington, D.C., on December 6, 2023. From left, looking on: Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, Chairwoman Sherry Parker of the Hualapai Tribe, Chairman Mark Macarro, of the Pechanga Band of Indians, Chairman Gerald Gray of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and President Brian Ridley of the Tanana Chiefs Conference. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior

Guests on Native America Calling
Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community), Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior

Mark Macarro (Pechanga Band of Indians), Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Indians and President of the National Congress of American Indians

Buu Nygren (Diné), President of the Navajo Nation

Anthony Hillaire (Lummi), Chairman of the Lummi Nation

Leo Nolan (Akwesasne Mohawk [Wolf Clan]), Executive Director of Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse

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