White House Briefings

The National Urban Indian Family Coalition achieved a monumental task by meeting White House Officials. It was a goal set by the initiators of the Coalition and althought it took several years ago, the tenacity of the group succeeded in making it happen. It was a priviledge to sit with the Alaska Native and American Indian leadership around the table dedicated to service of their respective populations of each city across the Nation. The group represented people in the millions. Each representative was able to present detailed descriptive issues in a very condensed short time and non were rehearsed.

The meeting was well attended by the White House representives and those who were able to remain for the entire time were attentive, asked good questions and responded with enthusiam to those needs of our Alaska Native and American populations living in the cities with committment to follow through. We have already received notice for nominations from our group to sit in attendance of national committees. The room was full and well representative of the President. It is my personal hope that we have raised the awareness of the President’s office of the numbers of Alaska Native and American Indian people who have moved into an Urban setting and now live in cities with needs.

 

White House Agencies attendee’s:

White House, Office of Urban Affairs
Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House, Domestic Policy Council
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of Interior
White House, Office of Public Engagement
Indian Health Service
Administration for Native American Affairs
Department of Labor Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House, Office of Urban Affairs
Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House, Domestic Policy Council
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of Interior
White House, Office of Public Engagement
Indian Health Service
Administration for Native American Affairs
Department of Labor  Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House, Office of Urban Affairs
Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House, Domestic Policy Council
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of Interior
White House, Office of Public Engagement
Indian Health Service
Administration for Native American Affairs
Department of Labor Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House, Office of Urban Affairs
Department of Housing and Urban Development
White House, Domestic Policy Council
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of Interior
White House, Office of Public Engagement
Indian Health Service
Administration for Native American Affairs
Department of Labor

Urban Indian Attendees:

Chicago American Indian Center –
Joe Podlasek, E.D.
NAYA Family Center, Portland, OR – Nichole Maher, E.D.
Minneapolis American Indian Center – Sheri Riemers, ICW Program Manager
Phoenix Indian Center – Patti Hibbeler, E.D.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle, WA – Quanah Spencer, Board member
American Indians in Texas, San Antonio, TX – Ramon Vasquez, E.D.
Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK – Katherine Gottleib, President
Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK – Kevin Gottleib, Vice President
American Indian Child Resource Center, Oakland, CA – Mary Trimble Norris, E.D.
Denver Indian Center – Jay Grimm, E.D.
Native American Community Services, Buffalo, NY – Michael Martin, E.D.
Seattle Indian Health Board – Ralph Forquera, E.D.
War Shield Development, Great Falls, MT – James Parker Shield, E.D.
National Urban Indian Family Coalition – Janeen Comenote, Director