Secretary Jewell Keynote Speaker at Washington State Tribal Summit

Indian Country Today Media Network


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in Washington State on April 24, to provide keynote remarks at a tribal summit organized by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) and hosted by the Suquamish Tribe.

The summit will be held at the Port Madison Indian Reservation on Bainbridge Island. Jewell will meet tribal leaders and tour the Suquamish hatchery and seafood plant with Leonard Forsman, tribal chairman.

Accompanying Jewell on the visit will be Larry Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, and Stanley Speaks, Northwest Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Jewell is chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs a role that has her overseeing a comprehensive effort to enable Federal agencies to work more collaboratively and effectively with tribes to advance their economic and social priorities and improve conditions for American Indians and Alaska Natives according to an Interior press release.

The summit on Thursday will include discussions on economic development, tribal sovereignty and the impact of climate change on American Indian communities to be held in the Suquamish Community House (House of Awakened Culture). Representatives from the nine tribes within the 6t Congressional District – the Hoh, Lower Elwha, Makah, Quinault, Quileute, Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam, and Skokomish – have been invited.

The summit will begin at 12 p.m. PDT.