The White House Tribal Nations Conference that isn't at the White House

By Brenda Norrell

It's that time of year again, time for the White House Tribal Nations Conference -- the one that isn't at the White House.

Once again, it will be held at the Interior Building.

When President Obama initially announced this annual conference, Obama said he was welcoming all Native American leaders to the White House. The venue was quickly changed to the Interior Building. There's not even a meet and greet where Obama welcomes each of the sovereign Native American leaders. Instead, Obama usually speaks for about an hour at the Interior Building and leaves. Obama's new White House Council on Native American Affairs is composed of non-Natives.

Outside the conference on Wednesday, Native Americans will be demonstrating about real issues in Indian country. Lakotas battling the theft of their children by foster care programs are among those.

“Our Children Are Not Yours to Take” is the theme of a public education demonstration on Wed., November 13, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm in Simon Bolivar Park. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/11/lakota-action-outside-white-house.html

Among those who will not be heard in the Interior Building are Native Americans speaking out for peace, and against war. The US war on peacemakers includes the censoring of Native women’s voices by the corporate media in Indian country. Read more: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/11/us-threatened-by-peace-makers-spies-on.html

What are the real issues from grassroots Native Americans that should be on the agenda? Read article: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-white-house-tribal-nations.html

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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.