D.C. Update

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Today Tribal Chair Steve Ortiz will continue to attend high level meetings at the Department of Interior (DOI) while Jancita Warrington will also meet with officials and attend meetings organized by the National Congress of American Indian (NCAI) throughout the day.

Hundreds of tribal leaders throughout the Nation are in town and are preparing to send clear messages to Obama through the National Congress of the American Indian who sponsored a Tribal Leader Preparatory Meeting yesterday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  Other leaders, like Ortiz, were in the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee at the DOI finishing up a two-day meeting.
Obama will host a White House Tribal Nations Conference tomorrow at the Department of Interior from 8:30 a.m. – to 3:30 p.m. Eastern that Ortiz will attend. The conference will provide leaders from the 565 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration.  The President’s opening and closing remarks will be streamed live at
Below are a few glimpses of yesterday’s Tribal Preparatory Meeting and Washington in winter.
Jancita Warrington with Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri Chair Twen Barton.
Margo Gray-Proctor, Ernie Stevens and Jancita Warrington at the Tribal Leader Preparatory Meeting.  Gray-Proctor is Board-Chairwoman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and Stevens is the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.  Warrington is on the Tribal Council.
Sign at the Tribal Leaders Preparatory Meeting.
Hundreds of Native leaders attended the meeting sponsored by the National Congress of the American Indians.
Washington in winter.