Kim Teehee: Solid record of achievements for Indian Country
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
"Some people may be surprised to learn that this blog is my last from the White House. Earlier this year, I decided to move on to new endeavors but I am heartened that I leave my position in good hands as my successor will continue to fulfill President Obama's commitment to address the many important issues facing Indian Country.
Words cannot fully capture the joy and privilege of working for President Obama and his Administration as the first Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council. There are actually several firsts in this Administration. Hilary Tompkins (Navajo Nation) is the first Native American Solicitor of the Department of the Interior. Brad Carson (Cherokee Nation) is the first Native American General Counsel of the Department of Army. Dr. Yvette Roubideaux (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) is the first woman Director of the Indian Health Service. Tracie Stevens (Tulalip Tribes) is the first woman Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission. President Obama's commitment to addressing the many issues facing Indian Country put in motion a widespread standard of action that is reflected in his Administration's record of Native American accomplishments, and these appointments ensuring greater representation of Native Americans in his Administration provide just one example. I've had the great honor of working with every Cabinet agency to develop and implement our policy initiatives and legislative proposals. And working together, we have achieved much -- though we know more remains to be done."
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