A nonprofit organization, Gathering of Nations promotes Native American traditional culture while also striving to do away with stereotypes about indigenous people. As part of its work, the organization established the Gathering of Nations Native American Academic Scholarship Foundation to support University of New Mexico scholars. For more information about the nonprofit advocacy group, please visit www.gatheringofnations.com.
President Barack Obama announced that the White House will establish a Council on Native American Affairs to better facilitate the partnership between the United States government and tribal authorities. The historical mistreatment of Native Americans by the hands of U.S. government forces motivated the president to create the new body, which will feature dozens of leading figures from a wide variety of federal organizations.
The council’s mission is to assist tribes with a wide range of matters, including health care, economic development, and housing infrastructure. Following the president’s announcement, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was tasked to further elaborate on the council’s functions during the final day of the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference.