Tribes from Maine to Florida set for policy gathering
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The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) kicks off its annual policy conference today with an eye on a number of national and regional issues.

Gaming, the environment, energy, banking, repatriation, national security and sovereignty are among the many topics on the agenda for USET's "impact week." Taking place in downtown Washington, D.C., the meeting includes updates from representatives of various federal agencies and Congress.

Among the first is Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb, who will address to the gathering today. His speech, expected to start at 10:30 a.m., will focus on a number of Indian issues from a nationwide perspective.

USET's conference, which concludes on Thursday, coincides with McCaleb's seventh consultation on the proposal to create an Indian trust asset management agency. That meeting takes place on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, in Arlington, Virginia, accessible via the Crystal City Metro.

The session is the only one to which USET member tribes will have reasonable access. More than 20 tribes from Maine to Florida to Louisiana to New York are serviced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Eastern region but McCaleb has only scheduled one meeting in the area.

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