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President Obama’s Accomplishments for Native Americans

President Obama has fought for Native American communities to increase opportunities for tribes and individual tribal members. The President has respected and worked hard to strengthen our government-to-government relationships. This administration also recognizes our history together and acknowledges the unique heritage of Native peoples that includes you in the dreams that we all share.

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 Tonight Denise Juneau, a Mandan and Hidatsa, who grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation, will speak. She’s the superintendent of public instruction and the first American Indian woman elected to a statewide office.

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STRENGTHENING TRIBAL ECONOMIES

The President signed into law the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included more than $3 billion in direct funding for Indian Country that:
Spurred job creation in tribal communities
Helped tribal communities renovate schools on reservations
Supported health facilities and policing services
Improved housing and energy efficiency
The Obama Administration is also taking steps to provide the most significant and comprehensive reforms to Indian land leasing in 50 years. The administration is working to reform and streamline regulations on business leasing, residential leasing and renewable energy development on Indian trust land.


MAKING HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL NATIVE AMERICANS

When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010, he permanently authorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and made good on his word to work towards improving the gaping health care disparities faced by Native Americans.
The Indian Health Service provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, who belong to 564 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.

ENHANCING THE ROLE OF TRIBES IN EDUCATION

The President is calling for changes to existing education law that would fund Native language restoration and immersion programs in our schools
The president signed into law historic student loan reforms that better invest in our students and remove big banks as middlemen in the student-lending industry. This law also provided $300 million for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities to strengthen and support these institutions.
The President signed an executive order to expand educational opportunities for all American Indian and Alaska Native students, including opportunities to learn their Native languages, cultures, and histories.

BUILDING STRONGER TIES TO TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

President Obama is committed to regular and meaningful engagement with Indian country, including unprecedented federal consultation with tribal leaders.
President Obama has held an Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference every year since taking office, leading to greater consultation between tribes and the federal government and helping shape policy priorities..
Tribal communities have key personnel advising the President on policies affecting their communities
President Obama endorsed the United Nations declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples.

RESTORING TRIBAL HOMELANDS

Through 2011, more than 157,000 acres of land has been taken into trust status on behalf of Indian tribes and individuals—an increase of 130,000 acres from what was acquired between 2005 and 2008.
President Obama approved an unprecedented package of four water settlements benefiting seven tribes in Arizona, Montana and New Mexico—the Crow and, White Mountain Apache Tribes and the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Taos and Tesuque.

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Native Americans For Obama

STRENGTHENING TRIBAL ECONOMIES

The President signed into law the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included more than $3 billion in direct funding for Indian Country that:

  • Spurred job creation in tribal communities
  • Helped tribal communities renovate schools on reservations
  • Supported health facilities and policing services
  • Improved housing and energy efficiency

    The Obama Administration is also taking steps to provide the most significant and comprehensive reforms to Indian land leasing in 50 years. The administration is working to reform and streamline regulations on business leasing, residential leasing and renewable energy development on Indian trust land.

MAKING HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL NATIVE AMERICANS

When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010, he permanently authorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and made good on his word to work towards improving the gaping health care disparities faced by Native Americans.

The Indian Health Service provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, who belong to 564 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.

ENHANCING THE ROLE OF TRIBES IN EDUCATION

  • The President is calling for changes to existing education law that would fund Native language restoration and immersion programs in our schools
  • The president signed into law historic student loan reforms that better invest in our students and remove big banks as middlemen in the student-lending industry. This law also provided $300 million for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities to strengthen and support these institutions.
  • The President signed an executive order to expand educational opportunities for all American Indian and Alaska Native students, including opportunities to learn their Native languages, cultures, and histories.

BUILDING STRONGER TIES TO TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

President Obama is committed to regular and meaningful engagement with Indian country, including unprecedented federal consultation with tribal leaders.

  • President Obama has held an Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference every year since taking office, leading to greater consultation between tribes and the federal government and helping shape policy priorities..
  • Tribal communities have key personnel advising the President on policies affecting their communities
  • President Obama endorsed the United Nations declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples.

RESTORING TRIBAL HOMELANDS

  • Through 2011, more than 157,000 acres of land has been taken into trust status on behalf of Indian tribes and individuals—an increase of 130,000 acres from what was acquired between 2005 and 2008.
  • President Obama approved an unprecedented package of four water settlements benefiting seven tribes in Arizona, Montana and New Mexico—the Crow and, White Mountain Apache Tribes and the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Taos and Tesuque.

In less than four years, his administration has settled major tribal royalties disputes that had languished for years, relaxed a Bush-era rule that limited new, off-reservation casinos, included new health benefits for tribes in the sweeping 2010 health care overhaul and helped advance a landmark law that gives tribes power to prosecute serious crimes.

Now, tribes are opening their checkbooks to aid his re-election.

Tribal governments have donated more than $1 million to his campaign and his joint fundraising efforts with the Democratic National Committee. They gave $264,000 to Obama in the 2008 election, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data compiled by the non-partisan Political MoneyLine. The analysis does not include any additional money contributed by individual tribal members or the employees of tribal enterprises.

Obama has received more money directly from tribes than any other 2012 federal candidate, MoneyLine’s tally shows. Republican presumptive presidential nomineeMitt Romney, by contrast, has received $3,000 combined from two tribal sources, Oklahoma’s Chickasaw Nation and the Prairie Island Tribal Council in Welch, Minn., according to federal data.

Obama “has done more for Indian country than any president I can remember,” said Chief James Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in northern Idaho, which donated $35,800 this year to Obama and his joint fundraising committee.