White House hosts first Tribal Nations Summit since 2016
(NATIONAL) The White House hosted the first summit of tribal nations in five years this week.
The summit took place virtually Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
President Joe Biden announced steps to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans during the first day of the event.
This included the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) jointly releasing a new memorandum that commits to elevating Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ITEK) in federal scientific and policy processes.
Officials said ITEK is "a body of observations, oral and written knowledge, practices, and beliefs that promotes environmental sustainability and the responsible stewardship of natural resources through relationships between humans and environmental systems".
Policy panels during the summit included the following sessions:
Native American Education and Native Languages
Public Safety and Justice
Climate Change Impacts and Solutions
Tribal Treaty Rights and Sacred Lands
Economic and Workforce Development
Infrastructure, Housing and Energy
Listening Session with Federal Officials
574 federally recognized tribes are said to have taken part.
Updated to include information about ITEK.
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