By Jenna Kunze
The White House Council on Native American Affairs on Monday, July 18, held its third engagement session to hear from tribal leaders on the protection of sacred sites and treaty rights.
The meeting was led by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who co-chairs the council with White House domestic policy adviser Ambassador Susan Rice.
The goal of the engagement sessions, which began in January 2022, was to fulfill Haaland’s pledge to convene his cabinet three times a year to hear from tribal leaders and share the White House Council’s work on affairs. Native Americans.
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Also present at Monday’s meeting were Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, and White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Director Julie Chavez Rodriguez, EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe and the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior for Indian Affairs. Brian Newland.
Today’s session focused on the impacts of climate change in Indigenous communities, the implementation of the Memorandum on Aboriginal Traditional Ecological Knowledge which is committed to elevating Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge in federal science and policy processes, and the new Office of Science and Technology Policy Indigenous knowledge websiteaccording to a press release from the Ministry of the Interior.
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