Skip to comments.President Obama Announces Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs [another Czar]
Posted on 06/15/2009 4:28:51 PM PDT by SJackson
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary __________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2009
President Obama Announces Kimberly Teehee as Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs
WASHINGTON Today, in taped remarks to the 2009 National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Kimberly Teehee as Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs. As a member of the Domestic Policy Council, Teehee will advise the President on issues impacting Indian Country. President Obama also announced that the White House will hold a Tribal Nations Conference later this fall.
"Kim Teehee will be a tremendous asset to our team as we work to strengthen and build on the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the United States and tribal nations," said President Obama. "She is rightly recognized as an outstanding advocate for Indian Country, and she will provide a direct interface at the highest level of my Administration, assuring a voice for Native Americans during policy making decisions."
Kimberly K. Teehee, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council Since January of 1998, Teehee has served as a Senior Advisor to the House of Representatives Native American Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI). A member of the Cherokee Nation, she has also served as the Director of Native American Outreach for the Presidential Inaugural Committee for President Clintons second Inauguration. Prior to that, Teehee was the Deputy Director of Native American Outreach at the Democratic National Committee. She has also held various positions with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, including serving as a Law Clerk in the Division of Law and Justice. Teehee received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northeastern State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa, College of Law. While in law school, Teehee was honored with the Bureau of National Affairs Award and served in leadership positions in the National Native American Law Student Association and the Iowa Native American Law Student Association.
President Obamas taped remarks to the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference follow:
Good morning everyone. I appreciate this opportunity to speak with you today and to express my admiration and support for the critical work NCAI does advocating for the rights and aspirations of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Im also pleased to have the chance to acknowledge your President, Joe Garcia, for his outstanding leadership in this regard.
As you all know, our nation is at a defining moment, facing challenges unlike any in our lifetime, both at home and abroad. And as we work to rebuild our economy, strengthen our security and ensure that our children have every opportunity to fulfill their dreams, well need every American and every community to get involved.
That is why I am committed to strengthening and building on the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the United States and tribal nations. That commitment started with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides over $3 billion in funding for Indian Country. And it extends to our work to empower Native communities to address their pressing local priorities, starting with significant increases in the 2010 proposed budget for health care, law enforcement and education. I recognize that this budget proposal does not make up for past deficiencies, but it does reflect my determination to work with you to reevaluate our spending priorities and include Native Americans in the national policy debate.
These efforts will not be easy. At times the pace of progress will be frustrating. But I am confident that we can bring the change we need, particularly given the outstanding team of leaders and experts whom Ive chosen to join my Administration. Individuals like Larry Echo Hawk as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs; Yvette Roubideaux as Director of the Indian Health Service; Mary Smith as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice; and Hilary Tomkins as Solicitor of the Department of Interior.
I am also pleased to point out that Jodi Gillette of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who is a member of my White House Intergovernmental Affairs staff, is with you today. And I am delighted to announce that someone many of you know -- Kim Teehee -- will soon be joining the White House Domestic Policy Council.
As we move forward, I want you to know that my staff and I are eager to engage with Indian Country on your priorities to listen to you and learn from you. I am particularly looking forward to meeting with many of you at the Tribal Nations Conference we will hold at the White House later this fall.
Again, I thank you for your commitment. I wish you much success in your discussion today, and I look forward to hearing about it from Jodi when she returns to Washington later this week.
How many Czars is that? Is anybody still counting?
I believe we passed the Romanovs last April.
The list, ping
Not just a czar but an entire new federal system
with pensions, and computers, and control, and trips.
African American singer and composer Clarence Williams sings his 1931 hit song. Does this song “fit the bill”? You be the judge!
Reagan’s Indian Joke:
There was the guy at the Bureau of Indian Affairs who was found sobbing at his desk. What’s the trouble? He raised his head. “My Indian died.”
He's going after their CASINO MONEY.
And their LAND, for good measure.
Just a question. When the next ELECTED (hopefully) president is voted into office (conservative)....is he/she going to do away with these appointments?
Great Lakes was #18, and CEO Pay was #19.
REALLY. SO unconstitutional.
He may accomplish what New York has been trying to accomplish for years. They see MONEY that isn’t taxed! They see sales on the reservations that aren’t taxed! It makes them sick that they can’t control it!
“on issues impacting Indian Country. President Obama also announced that the White House will hold a Tribal Nations Conference”
A nation within a nation. It’s what the muslims want and the hispanics want and it has NEVER worked. Tribal governments are some of the most corrupt entities around. It’s only about a hundred years since Indians should have all realized they and us would be better off if they stop this division nonsense and became AMERICANS.
“Kimberly K. Teehee...democrat..A member of the Cherokee Nation,....”
Sweetie, you should be ashamed. An Indian Czar? Know why the tribes continue to be on the bottom rung of the ladder?
Because some of you are so willing to sell out and want nothing but a handout.
150 years ago, among the Cherokee, your kind was know as a ‘Pin’.
There were Cherokees 200 years ago that could see the writing on the wall, who revered the constitution as much
as any American Patriot, who just wanted to be an equal part of it and give up ‘tribal governments. The below link is their story. The Pins assassinated most of them for their beliefs.
They were right then, and they are still right. This is just more divide and conquer, and when this nation is conquered, the Cherokee or none of us will have freedom and you certainly will never restore the Cherokee tribe by dragging everyone else down with you.
He is one ugly hound that only hunts for his OWN next meal.
Thanks. I guess the Bureau of Indian Affairs won’t care too much as long as they all get paid.
National Director for Casinos. Wanna bet he gets reservation produced cigarettes exempt from the FDA’s upcoming tobacco regulations?
BTW, I believe the positions of Director of Indian Affairs is vacant. We do have an Interior Secretary though.
Please ping. This is soooooo sad. I felt it though, I just knew Obama would get his hands into everything.
A interesting comment. In fairness, I added the Czar comment, she didn't. But she qualifies. I've posted a couple threads on Czars today, we actually have more than the Romanovs produced in 3 centuries.
Agreed.....I cringe every time I hear or read that term.
“A nation within a nation. Its what the muslims want and the hispanics want and it has NEVER worked. Tribal governments are some of the most corrupt entities around. Its only about a hundred years since Indians should have all realized they and us would be better off if they stop this division nonsense and became AMERICANS.
A interesting comment. “
Just a note. This does not mean the Cherokee, or any ethnic group should give up their ‘cultural heritage’, religion, etc. I enjoy and practice much of it. It was part of my upbringing, however I learned the real history instead of only the ‘victim’ viewpoint. I’m talking about governments. Any nation within a nation does not work and the US government handling of the native tribes has proven this.
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