The Biden administration will announce on Monday a series of actions to strengthen the public safety of Native American tribes and protect tribal lands and traditions as part of the first summit of tribal nations at the White House in five years.
President BidenJoe Biden US Bishops To Consider Whether Biden Should Receive Communion Barrels Of Congress Towards Year-End Clash Biden Turns On Former New Orleans Mayor Landrieu To Lead Infrastructure MORE and first lady Jill bidenJill BidenBiden Celebrates Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery Graham says friendship with Biden is at breaking point over Afghanistan’s withdrawal The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – The Republican Party struck the coup of 2022, look at the problems of the Trump era MORE will welcome tribal leaders Monday to highlight the work the administration has done to raise the voices of Native Americans and to outline the steps that are being taken to ensure Native tribes have a voice in advancing government agencies.
“This Summit demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to listening to Tribal priorities and being a good partner in supporting Tribal Nations and serves as an important opportunity to celebrate the progress we have made and work together on a plan of action to move forward. “White said. House said in a fact sheet describing the new measures that are being implemented.
Biden on Monday will sign an executive order directing the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services to create specific strategies to improve safety and justice for Native Americans, who face higher rates of violence than other races.
The order directs agencies to address specific law enforcement problems and provide support for “tribal-focused responses.”
On Monday, the administration will also establish a series of advisory panels focused on obtaining tribal input from different agencies.
One will be a Tribal Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Interior, which is currently Deb haalandDeb HaalandGranholm Touts ‘Really Exciting’ Provision in Infrastructure Bill at COP26 Energy and Environment Overnight – Presented by American Petroleum Institute – US Joins Pledge to End Funding of fossils abroad Haaland: Reconciliation bill will pass but may ‘take a little longer’ MORE, the nation’s first Native American cabinet secretary. The committee will facilitate intergovernmental discussions and provide a forum for dialogue between department leaders and tribal representatives.
The administration will also announce the creation of a Tribal National Security Advisory Council of the Department of Homeland Security, which will be composed of tribal leaders to inform the agency about the interests of Tribal Nations.
Additional committees to be established Monday will focus on housing issues for tribal nations and veteran issues among Native Americans.
The summit will be the first at the White House since September 2016, and the Trump administration will choose not to host one. It marks the last instance of the Biden administration with an emphasis on reaching out to native communities.
The American Rescue Plan, approved in March, set aside $ 31 billion for tribal communities and officials have engaged with Native leaders to encourage tribes to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Biden last month became the first president to designate October 11 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day after years of activism pushing for recognition of Native Americans rather than celebrating Christopher Columbus.