Sunlen Miller reports:
The president today will make good on his campaign promise to host a White House Tribal Nations Conference. Leaders from 564 federally recognized tribes will come to the Department of the Interior for an all-day forum discussing concerns in the Native American community.
Mr. Obama will make remarks kicking off the conference in the morning and will deliver a second set of remarks to close the conference this afternoon.
During the day four interactive discussions will take place led by senior administration officials, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson among others.
Read more about President Obama’s outreach to Native Americans HERE.
The president will meet in the afternoon with President Ian Khama of Botswana in the Oval Office.
“Botswana is a strong democratic partner in sub-Saharan Africa, and the two leaders will meet to discuss a wide range of regional and bilateral issues, including how the United States can support sound governance, economic development, and natural resource conservation throughout the continent,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement announcing the meeting last week,.
The leaders will discuss their shared challenges, including addressing the issue of HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Obama will also meet late with representatives from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Those in attendance will be Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.).
The president will have also separate meetings with his Treasury Secretary Geithner, and Secretary of State Clinton in the Oval Office. These are part of regular meetings the president has each week.
- Sunlen Miller