Building on President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations, Secretary Moniz traveled to Arizona last week for a summit and roundtable discussion with tribal leaders.
This marks the first official visit of a cabinet secretary with tribal leaders in Indian Country after the White House Tribal Nations Conference earlier this month.
As a co-chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs Energy Sub-Group, Secretary Moniz is supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) efforts to foster an ongoing and meaningful dialogue with tribal leaders on climate action adaptation and resiliency strategies and clean energy solutions in Indian Country. DOE plans to sustain that dialogue through the national Tribal Energy Conference taking place in Washington in the spring of 2015, in addition to other future efforts.
Making the most of his first official visit to Arizona and the Gila River Indian Community, Moniz also took the opportunity to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for Native American youth as a means of creating hope for the future, developing resilient economies for tribal governments, and building strong Native nations for future generations. Read more in the blog.