Vincent Schilling
Vincent Schilling interviewed Secretary Sally Jewell at the WHTNC 2015

VIDEO: The Bad News and Good News in Indian Country: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

Vincent Schilling

Last week, the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference took place in Washington DC. The conference was created by the Obama Administration to allow tribal leaders the opportunity to meet with top government political and agency leaders to strengthen the government-to-government relationships with Indian Country and to improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives, especially Native youth.

In light of the White House bringing together 566 federally recognized tribal leaders in Washington, D.C., ICTMN interviewed top administrative officials from a plethora of agencies covering such issues as tribal sovereignty, education, justice and more.

In this video series, viewers will hear from these officials about the bad news in Indian Country (what they see in need of improvement) and the good news (what their agencies are doing about it.)

The first video segment is an interview with the Secretary of the Department of Interior, Sally Jewell.

According to Jewell, “the bad news in Indian Country is that we have hundreds of years to make up for [with issues such as] oppression and people in tribal communities not being respected. I think that that has manifested itself in multiple generations of young people that have grown up … with a sense of ‘we don’t matter,’” she said.

“The good news,” says Jewell, “is that I think we have turned the corner on that in a very significant way.”

Watch the short interview here:   

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