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2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit

December 6 - December 7

2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit
December 6-7, 2023


Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Dear Tribal Leader Letter – Registration extended

Announcements and Press Releases

The Summit reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to strengthening Nation-to-Nation relationships. Tribal leaders will have the opportunity to have meaningful conversations directly with senior Administration officials on implementation of key priorities, new policies, and other critical issues facing Tribal Nations.

Leaders from across the Administration will announce new actions and updates that will build on the progress that has already been made, create new opportunities for Tribal consultation and input, and produce lasting changes that will impact the lives of Tribal citizens for generations to come.

Additional details are forthcoming.

What: 2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit

When: December 6-7, 2023

Where: Washington, D.C.

Register:  Register by 5:00 pm Eastern on November 29, 2023. Due to limited capacity, only one Tribal leader can be accommodated per Tribal Nation. Tribal leaders who cannot attend, but would like to designate another governmental representative of the Tribe, may do so by emailing

Travel Stipends: Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) has funding to support travel for Tribal Leaders/Ambassadors, and has partnered with USET to provide travel stipends. Travel stipends in the amount of $2,500 will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis to Tribal Leaders who attest to their need. Stipends will be provided upon request to one Tribal Leader/Ambassador (as designated by the Tribal Nation) per federally recognized Tribal Nation.
Request a travel stipend 

Tribal Nation Side Events

Dept of Labor
Good Jobs in Tribal Communities
December 5, 2023
Time: 10:00am EST (doors open at 9:30)
Location: Francis Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, Mezzanine, 200 Constitution Ave NW | Washington, DC 20210
Purpose: During this event, Native American leaders, employers, labor unions, and workers will engage in discussion with U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su on how Tribal communities are creating good jobs with equitable workforce development pathways such as Registered Apprenticeship programs, and how those strategies can be used with Investing in America funds from across the Biden-Harris Administration.
Audience includes: Tribal Government Leaders, Tribal workforce development leaders, Employers, Other federal agencies
To request ASL interpreting, captioning services, or other reasonable accommodations, please email by November 28, 2023.

The Department of Commerce
Open House
Date: December 5, 2023
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Location: Department of Commerce, Main Lobby
Purpose: The Open House will provide an opportunity for Tribal Nations to meet with bureau contacts to identify, assess, and address issues. Bureaus that will be represented are: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Census Bureau, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs (OUS/EA), International Trade Administration (ITA), Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Technical Information Service (NTIS), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of the Secretary (OS). Audience includes: Tribal Leaders

Department of the Interior
Public- Private Partnerships with Philanthropy Meet & Greet
Date: Dec 5, 2023
Time: 3:30- 5:00 PM EST
Location: Department of the Interior, South Penthouse | 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240
Purpose: The Department of the Interior (DOI) will host an engagement session focused on public-private partnerships with philanthropy. The session will feature discussions with Native Americans in Philanthropy, along with other partners, and will uplift ways the federal government, philanthropy, and non-profit organizations can work together to support Tribal Nations in leveraging resources and investments in Tribal communities and Native-led initiatives. The engagement session will be an opportunity for Tribal Leaders to meet partners, philanthropic leaders, and discuss public-private partnership priorities. The session will also celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP).
Audience includes: Tribal Leaders, Philanthropic Leaders, Non-profit Organizations, Key Federal Partners
Tribal Leaders: Please RSVP with Name, Title, and Tribe via email to

Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture
Tribal Buffalo Conservation Partnership Event
Date: Dec. 6, 2023
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST
Location: US Department of Agriculture, Whitten Patio | 1400 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC, 20250
Purpose: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Interior (DOI) have joined together to support partnerships with the InterTribal Buffalo Council (ITBC), Native Americans and Philanthropy (NAP) World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and other non-profit organizations in initiatives that support Tribally-led buffalo restoration as well as enhance youth opportunities, food sovereignty, economic and workforce development. These relationships and public-private partnership opportunities improve upon the federal investments already being made by USDA-DOI Buffalo Initiative in grasslands and working lands restoration, tribal buffalo conservation and expansion, and opening tribal buffalo market opportunities.
Audience includes: Tribal Leaders & Guests, Congress
Tribal Leaders & Guests: Please RSVP with Name, Title, Tribe/Organization via email to
Congressional Attendees: Please RSVP via email to

Department of Homeland Security
DHS Office Hours at the TNS
Date: Dec. 7, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM EST
Location: US Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs Trust Services Conference Room (#4623) | 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240
Purpose: DHS is providing Tribal Nations with a convenient opportunity to speak in person with leadership on any relevant Homeland Security issue. Hosted by Brenda Abdelall, Assistant Secretary of Partnership and Engagement, Miriam E. Enriquez, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Laurel Iron Cloud (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Director of Tribal Affairs.
Audience includes: Tribal Leaders, Key Federal Partners
For more information, or to request a specific time, please contact: Laurel Iron Cloud (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Director of Tribal Affairs at



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