Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
Today, the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) will host its first-ever Tribal leader engagement session to inform Biden-Harris Administration action in two areas: 1. Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and 2. Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
(MMIP). The engagement session will bring together high-level officials from the Presidential Cabinet to hear directly the concerns and priorities of Tribal leaders on these issues.
Date: January 31, 2022
Time: 1pm- 3:30pm ET
Registration: Click here.
USET SPF is encouraged by this development, as we have long called for direct Tribal leader involvement and guidance, as well as greater transparency, in the work of the WHCNAA. To that end, we strongly encourage the leaders of our member Tribal Nations to take part in this important event. To assist you in these initial conversations, we provide a set of Tribal Leader Talking Points outlining organizational priorities on both the IIJA and the MMIP EO.
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. We continue to advocate for the seating of Tribal leaders on the WHCNAA and see these Tribal leader engagement sessions as an important step toward that goal.
For more information, please contact Liz Malerba, USET SPF Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.