Policy Alert: Relaunch of White House Council on Native American Affairs Announced

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Policy Alert: Relaunch of White House Council on Native American Affairs Announced

April 15, 2021

Today, the White House announced the relaunch of the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA). The Council was created by executive order under President Obama in 2013, but did not regularly convene during the Trump Administration. The relaunch of the Council is part of an Administration-wide effort to strengthen the federal government's relationship with Indian Country. 


The WHCNAA is an interagency Principals-level council that includes leaders from across the federal government. The Council will hold their first meeting on April 23, 2021. Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, the first Native American to ever hold a cabinet position, will serve as the chair of the Council.


“The White House Council on Native American Affairs represents an important commitment to strengthen Tribal sovereignty, uphold our commitment to Tribal Nations, and honor the United States’ nation-to-nation relationships,” said Secretary Haaland. “Addressing the systemic inequities that impact Indigenous peoples is the responsibility of every federal agency that will require an all-of-government approach across the Administration.”


NAFOA applauds the Biden Administration for prioritizing the needs of tribal communities during their first months in office through the reestablishment of the WHCNAA and their renewed focus on Tribal Consultation. These are two huge steps forward in advancing tribal sovereignty and strengthening the nation-to-nation relationship between the federal and tribal governments. 

 For any other questions or concerns, please contact Ellie Beckett, Policy Communications Specialist, at 202-841-3373 or ellie@nafoa.org.


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