Executive Branch

Tribal Nations Conference

President Barack Obama meets with a group of tribal leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Initiative works with several Executive offices in order to develop and fulfill the President’s Executive Order.

  • The Domestic Policy Council (DPC) supervises the development, coordination, and execution of domestic-policy making at the White House.  The Native American Affairs team helps to develop and implement federal policies related to the President’s commitment to strengthen federal-tribal relations, and assist American Indiand and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities in the United States on issues such as education.  This team works with the Initiative to formulate the President’s AI/AN education agenda to provide every student access to a complete and competitive education, cradle through career.  The Initiative works closely with Jodi Gillette, who serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs.
  • The Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs works to build relationships with advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations, and all currently elected state officials.  The Office of Public Engagement (OPE) creates and coordinates opportunities for direct dialogue between the Obama Administration and the American public.  The office ensures that AI/AN community members can participate in the work of the President.  The Initiative works closely with Charles Galbraith, Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement. The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) works closely with tribal officials to ensure America’s citizens and their elected officials have a government that works effectively for them and with them.