Native News Weekly (January 28, 2023): DC Briefs


WASHINGTON – In addition to the articles Native News Online has already covered, here’s a collection of other news coming out of Washington, D.C. that is impacting Indian Country recently.

Department of Health and Human Services hosts “Food is Medicine” Summit; Sweex Chef Sean Sherman between speakers

On January 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host a day-long summit on the Food is Medicine Initiative, which Champions HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. Efforts focus on increasing access to healthy foods to promote health as a preventive and therapeutic practice. Policy makers, advocates and researchers are encouraged to join this summit. Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). Roslyn Tsu He will participate in a panel discussion, and award-winning Chef Sean Sherman will provide insights into indigenous foodways.

The public is invited to listen to the event from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST

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The White House requests recommendations for the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and the Ares Development Board of Trustees (IAIA).

The White House Office of Presidential Staff is soliciting recommendations from members of the American Indian Institute and the Alaska Native Arts and Culture Development Board of Trustees. The Institute aims to empower creativity and leadership in local arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and networking. T

The Council is authorized to formulate the Institute’s policy. To direct the management of the Institute; And establish such regulations and rules as it deems necessary to administer its functions under this title, including the organization and procedures of the Board of Directors. Read Dear Tribal Leader’s letter here.

Members of Congress search for answers about DAPL’s impact

On January 18, 2024, House Natural Resources Committee Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) led more than 30 colleagues in the House and Senate in a letter To the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or the Corps) to express concerns about the climate analysis the agency is conducting on its court-ordered draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The letter calls on lawmakers to highlight issues with inadequate climate analysis and lack of transparency regarding DAPL’s environmental impacts, specifically highlighting how the Corps’ policies limit the ability of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s environmental justice community to protect themselves in the event of an oil spill.

“The climate analysis conducted by the Corps in DEIS systematically underestimates the climate impacts of DAPL,” the lawmakers wrote. “It is particularly troubling that the Corps ignores the climate impacts of the pipeline, including emissions, because the Corps claims that the oil will be transported by other means or extracted from a different region if the pipeline is closed. It is merely an alternative assumption to take no action by saying Reducing fossil fuel supplies will not affect emissions ignores a robust and growing body of literature, and is unacceptable.

“As federal agencies, you have a responsibility to trust not only to consult with tribes but also to protect and support tribal lands, assets and resources – a responsibility enshrined in countless treaties. Tribal consultation is paramount in recognizing tribal sovereignty and self-determination,” the message continues. .

Read the full message here

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