Native Americans

Recent Updates
  • Indian Country and a Blueprint for an American Built to Last

    During Monday’s State of the Union address President Obama laid out his Blueprint for an America Built to Last (PDF) based on an economy that works for everyone, based on American manufacturing, American energy and skills for American workers. Included within the President’s blueprint is the following initiatives that benefit Indian Country.

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    Today, Jefferson Keel, president of National Congress of American Indians and lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, delivered the "State of Indian Nation's" address, calling for “a new era in U.S. tribal relations defined by optimism and economic opportunity.”

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  • Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Signed into Law

    President Obama signed into law this morning the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Addressing his remarks to the gay men and women currently serving in the military, he said: “For a long time your service has demanded a particular kind of sacrifice. You’ve been asked to carry the added burden of secrecy and isolation."

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Native Americans
Recent Action
Strengthening tribal law enforcement and improving quality of life
Democrats passed the Tribal Law and Order Act to reduce violent crime in Indian Country by toughening law enforcement efforts, enhancing coordination and training, clarifying legal jurisdiction, and improving victim counseling.
Increasing access to higher education
Democrats passed the Recovery Act, which made targeted investments to increase college affordability and ensure greater access for more students.