Generation Indigenous representing with smiles - Photo: Alex Hamer
Alex Hamer
Youth, elders and leaders from across Turtle Island converged on what some said could be the last White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC). In this photo, Generation Indigenous representing with smile.

10 Native-Proud Images From White House Tribal Nations Conference

Alex Hamer
10/6/16

Youth, elders and leaders from across Turtle Island converged on what some said could be the last White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC). Overheard more than once, away from the podium was the thought that this would certainly be the final conference if Donald Trump is elected president.

At the WHTNC, President Barack Obama was gifted a blanket and adorned with a traditional hat by NCAI President Brian Cladoosby in honor of his efforts to strengthen government to government relations with Native Nations.

The Standing Rock Sioux and those that stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline were a theme throughout the day. President Obama addressed the topic as well in his speech when he stated, “I know that many of you have come together across tribes and across the country to support the community at Standing Rock. And together, you’re making your voices heard.”

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Well represented were the Native Youth, many wearing traditional regalia. Generation Indigenous was on hand and one of the highlights of the day was the Native youth panel. The panel elicited laughter and applause and speakers garnered a standing ovation.

Here are 10 images from the White House Tribal Nations Conference held last week that can make Native people proud.

Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians introducing President Barack Obama. Photo: Alex Hamer

President Obama receiving his blanket at the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Photo: Alex Hamer

President Barack Obama wrapped in blanket and the hat. Photo: Alex Hamer

Lac Courte Oreilles Chairman Mic Isham speaks to the conference on some of the environmental issues his nation faces. Photo: Alex Hamer

Keioshiah Peters, Navajo, elicits positive laughter from panel and crowd as she speaks about her sexual health advocacy throughout Indian Country. Photo: Alex Hamer

Generation Indigenous representing with smiles. Photo: Alex Hamer

See Related: 5 VIDEOS: Fun and Inspiration From White House Tribal Nations Conference

United States Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tears up after giving her last address to the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Photo: Alex Hamer

Jackson Brody, National Director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office shows his solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and the water protectors. Photo: Alex Hamer

Kevin Washburn, (center) Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs chats with other conference goers. Photo: Alex Hamer

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, David Archambault II, center, along with Native youth from Standing rock field questions from Indian Country Today Media Network’s Vincent Schilling. Photo: Alex Hamer

Hazel Powless, Kyla Smoke and Evelyn Powless of Onondaga Nation were in attendance for the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Photo: Alex Hamer

 
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