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Date: 11/12/2013 Description: On November 12, 2013, Members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs listened to Tribal Nations leaders during a White House Council Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior.  - Dept of Interior Image White House Tribal Nations Conference
On Nov. 13, 2013, Acting Special Representative Mary Pensabene for Global Intergovernmental Affairs (S/SRGIA) joined leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes and U.S. Government officials for the 5th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior. The conference was a listening session where agency secretaries and tribal officials highlighted what agencies are doing to collaborate with Tribal Nations, the strides that have been made, and goals going forward. S/SRGIA fulfills Executive Order 13175, which establishes an office within each agency for consultation and coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. S/SRGIA strives to facilitate meaningful consultation and collaboration between tribal officials and the Department of State. Find a full event webcast, here.

Date: 11/11/2013 Description: Dr. Yarlott & Dr. Littlebear gift a copy of ''Sacred Legacy,'' a 30-year photo documentary about the lives and traditions of Native Americans in North America, to Brazilian Sports Minister Jos�� Aldo Rebelo Figueiredo during the XII Brazilian Indigenous Games in Cuibana, Brazil November 10-16, 2013. Photo credit: Nat Turner/Benjamin Medina (U.S. Embassy Brasilia) - State Dept Image

XII Brazilian Indigenous Games
At the request of the United States Mission to Brazil, Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs reached out to the U.S. Tribal Nations to selected two tribal representatives to attend Brazil’s indigenous games and to serve as advisors in broadening the Brazilian Indigenous Games into an international indigenous games event for all indigenous peoples, worldwide. With support from The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, S/SRGIA identified Dr. Richard Littlebear, President of the Chief Dull Knife College, and Dr. David Yarlott, President of Little Big Horn College to represent Tribal Nations in the United States at The XII Brazilian Indigenous Games in Cuiaba, Brazil on Nov. 10th to Nov. 16th.

Dr. Yarlott and Dr. Littlebear’s participated in the games as members of the Committee of Indigenous Leaders who are developing plans to Broaden the Brazilian Indigenous Games into a World Indigenous Games competition in 2015. The Brazilian Indigenous Games, which have occurred annually since 1996, are opportunity to celebrate the countries’ indigenous community through sport. Indigenous people participate in a number of traditional games including bow and arrow competitions, spear throwing, men and women’s log racing, tug-of-wars, and foot races. The event has become an opportunity for participants to share their rich cultural and raise awareness for indigenous issues.

The Indigenous delegations greatly appreciated the representation of the U.S. tribal delegation. Of 17 foreign delegations to attend, Dr. Yarlott and Dr. Littlebear were honored by being the only foreign indigenous delegation whose participation was announced to all 7,000 spectators and 1,600 indigenous participants during the opening ceremonies.


Date: 11/01/2013 Description: President Obama announced the Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. - White House Image Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
President Obama announced on November 1, 2013 the establishment of a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the administration on ways the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force is composed of state, local, and tribal leaders who have been at the forefront of building climate preparedness and resilience within their communities. This initiative recognizes the unique asset that subnational leaders can be in the climate debate. S/SRGIA is committed to supporting the Task Force and looks forward to future engagement with them. View the President’s speech, here. Read the Executive Order, here.

Date: 07/10/2013 Description: Vice President Joseph Biden delivers remarks at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Joint Opening Session in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, on July 10, 2013. - State Dept Image U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue
The fifth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) took place July 10-11, 2013, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Vice President Joseph Biden delivered remarks during the joint opening session chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, with State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang of China.

The two sides held in-depth discussions on major bilateral, regional, and global issues, and recommitted to the S&ED’s role in deepening strategic trust and expanding practical cooperation between the United States and China. Both sides agreed to continue to enhance subnational relations as envisioned in the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Establishment of the U.S.-China Governors Forum to Promote Subnational Cooperation, including the Governors Forum held in April 2013 in Beijing and Tianjin. Six new EcoPartnerships agreements were also signed at an event on July 11 as part of the U.S.-China S&ED. The EcoPartnerships program is an innovative component of U.S.-China cooperation on energy and environmental issues. Remarks» Outcome Statement» Fact Sheet» EcoPartnerships»


Date: 07/01/2013 Description: USCM Executive Director Tom Cochran (seated, left); USCM president and mayor of Mesa, AZ Scott Smith (seated, right); and Mayor Maguito Vilela (seated, center) sign a MOU between U.S. and Brazilian mayors. - State Dept Image U.S. Conference of Mayors
Mayors from the United States and Brazil came together at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 81st annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 24, 2013. Mesa, AZ Mayor and USCM President Scott Smith; USCM Executive Director Tom Cochran; and Mayor Maguito Vilela of Aparecida de Goiania, Brazil, signed the MOU to strengthen relations and support exchanges between mayors from both nations. MOU»

Date: 06/24/2013 Description: Secretary Kerry shakes hands with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid before the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi, India on June 24, 2013. - State Dept Image U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue
Secretary of State John Kerry and External Affairs Minister of India Shri Salman Khurshid met in New Delhi and co-chaired the fourth U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on June 24, 2013. The United States and India reaffirmed that economic collaboration, including state-to-state and city engagement, is a keystone of our deepening partnership. Over the past year, economic ties at the state and city levels have grown between both governments and private sectors. Joint Fact Sheet» Joint Statement»

Date: 06/11/2013 Description: President Barack Obama shakes hands with Peru's President Ollanta Humala in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The two leaders discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, as well as cooperation on education, energy and climate change, science and technology, and the bilateral trade relationship. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © AP Image U.S.-Peru Cooperation
President Barack Obama and President Ollanta Humala of Peru met on June 11, 2013, and reaffirmed their desire to strengthen the historic U.S.-Peru relationship for the 21st century. They welcomed closer relationships at the state and local level to expand opportunities for mutual cooperation. Full Text»

Date: 04/16/2013 Description: Chinese President Xi Jinping (front C) meets with U.S. and Chinese governors at the third U.S.-China Governors Forum in Beijing, China, April 16, 2013.  NGA photo © NGA Photo U.S.-China Governors Forum
Former Special Representative Lewis traveled to Beijing and Tianjin, China, to attend the U.S.-China Governors Forum, April 15-16. In Beijing, Special Representative Lewis addressed the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Full Text» Media Note» DipNote»


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