January 18, 2013 –
MAYETTA: Three members of the Tribal Council are planning to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend activities involved with the 57th Inauguration of Barack H. Obama set for Jan. 21.
Joyce Guerrero, Carrie O’Toole and Tom Wabnum are scheduled to attend a Native Nations Inaugural Viewing at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on the day of the inauguration and later that evening attend the American Indian Inaugural Ball. The following day they plan to attend a National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Strategy Meeting with other tribal leaders, key administration officials, and members of Congress, designed to discuss Native American partnership with the Administration and legislative and budget issues with Congress. They also plan to meet with the tribe’s Washington, D.C. attorneys and other Department of Interior/BIA officials while they are there.
NMAI is located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building where the swearing in ceremony will take place. For security purposes the museum will not be open to the general public that day.
In other news, Hattie Mitchell, Tribal Council Treasurer, represented the Nation at the State-of-the-State address that Gov. Sam Brownback gave last Tuesday evening at the State Capitol. On Wednesday, Tribal Council members met with Haskell Indian Nations University President Chris Redman and Steve Prue, Executive Assistant to the President, who came to the reservation for a visit.
(Front row, left to right) PBPN Chair Steve Ortiz and Haskell President Chris Redman. (Back row, left to right) Joyce Guerrero, PBPN vice chair, Steve Prue, Redman’s executive assistant, Carrie O’Toole, PBPN Tribal Council member, and Hattie Mitchell, PBPN treasurer. The photo was taken on Wednesday in the Tribal Council chambers.