2011 Tribal Nations Conference Tribal Leader Briefing Book

Abstract: Tribal Nations White House Conference 2011, Tribal Leader Briefing Book

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 2011 Briefing Book Table of Contents

1. Schedule & Context for the 3rd Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference
a.      Full Schedule for the week of November 28 – December 2
White House events, NCAI sponsored meetings, receptions, agency and legislative events.
b.      Introductory Letter to Tribal Leaders from NCAI President Keel
A letter that outlines the purpose of this briefing book and introduces the key themes we have addressed to prepare tribal leaders for the 3rd annual White House Tribal Nations Conference
c.      An Open letter to President Obama from NCAI President Keel
A short letter that reflects on the last three years of engagement and urges the President to continue to work with tribal nations to “walk the talk” of the nation-to-nation relationship.
2.      Overview Documents for the Regional Briefings/Listening Sessions & the Issue Breakouts
a.      Honoring Tribes as Governments: A framework for strengthening the nation-to-nation relationship
A document that outlines major themes identified by tribal leaders as overarching priorities across agencies.
b.      Breakout Session Overview Documents 
Five papers that provide an introduction and concrete recommendations that align with key areas to be addressed in the breakout sessions. Current working list of papers and issues to be covered are:
   1.       Creating Jobs and Growing Tribal Economies
Addresses: access to capital, tax, energy, workforce development, and access to national and international markets.
 2.      Promoting Strong and Safe Tribal Communities
Addresses: Tribal Law & Order Act implementation, violence against Native women, and homeland security and emergency preparedness
3.      Protecting Natural Resources and Respect for Cultural Rights
Addresses: land issues, trust reform, natural resources, water rights, environmental protection, Alaska Native subsistence, sacred sites, cultural protection, climate change, and agriculture programs.
4.      Improving Access to Healthcare, Education, Housing, Infrastructure and Other Federal Services
Addresses: issues listed above and telecommunications, veterans, and youth issues.
   5.      Strengthening the Government-to-Government Relationship
Addresses: consultation, federal funding, Carcieri fix, supporting tribal/state relationships, international issues, and federal data collection.
3.      Additional Background Materials
a.      Matrix of proposed policy changes to provide program flexibility to grow tribal economies and create jobs
A list of low cost regulatory fixes that will create jobs and promote economic development in Indian Country. 
b.      Investing in Native youth paper
Given the focus on youth issues at this summit, this document outlines key policies to promote the success of Native youth.
c.      UNDRIP in action paper
An overview of progress and next steps to advance the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (since the President announced the United States would lend its support to UNDRIP at the 2010 summit).
d.      Consultation with Tribal Nations: An update on implementation of Executive Order 13175
A six page document that provides a status update of agency responses to the President’s Executive Memorandum on EO 13175
e.      Outcomes of the 2009 Tribal Nations Summit
An overview of outcomes from the first Tribal Nations Summit.
f.        Key Messages for the 2010 Summit
A one page overview of key messages for the 2010 summit, developed at the Tribal Leaders’ Preparatory Meeting.
g.      Summary of the 2010 meeting between President Obama and the 12 tribal leaders
A two page overview of the pre-meeting between the President and tribal leaders from each of the 12 regions.
h.      Summary of 2010 Tribal Nations Summit 
A six page overview of the themes from the 2010 summit.
4.      Electronic background materials
Program flexibility paper 
A paper that provides background and further justification for the matrix contained in the briefing book.
Background papers from regional intertribal partners
Papers submitted by regional intertribal partners, including CATG and USET.
1.     CATG Five Topics for Discussion at Tribal Nations Conference
2.     CATG Summary of Immediate White House Executive Authority Actions Requested Tribal Nations Conference
3.     CATG Recommendations for Tribal Broadband Development - Exhibit 1
4.     CATG Recommendations for the National Broadband Plan - Exhibit 2