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WHCNAA Committee on International Indigenous Issues

Who We Serve

The White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Committee on International Indigenous Issues serves Tribes by promoting the international interests of Tribes and facilitating engagement between Tribes and international indigenous communities to share best practices and policy ideas across a variety of issues. 

Committee Members

Leads:

  • Bryan Newland

    U.S. Department of the Interior

    Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

  • Stephanie Aktipis

    U.S. Department of State

    Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Public Outreach, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • Jane Nishida

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Acting Assistant Administrator in Office of International and Tribal Affairs

  • JoAnn Chase

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • PaaWee Rivera

    White House – Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

    Director of Tribal Affairs and Senior Advisor

 

Participants:

About the WHCNAA Committee on International Indigenous Issues

The White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Committee on International Indigenous Issues strives to promote the international interests of Tribes and facilitate engagement between Tribes and international indigenous communities to share best practices and policy ideas across a variety of issues. Co-led by the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of State (DoS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the White House – Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Committee focuses on several issues, including:  

  • Supporting Tribes with the repatriation of human remains and sacred items

  • Supporting Tribes' engagement with the United Nations; including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

  • Working with Tribes on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

  • Calling attention to human rights violations and abuses perpetrated against indigenous individuals and violence against indigenous environmental defenders   

  • Developing initiatives that address the disproportionate effect of the climate crisis on indigenous peoples around the globe and support indigenous efforts to mitigate and adapt to the crisis   

  • Promoting the development and installation of technical resources to combat issues such as human trafficking, road safety, and environmental emergencies 

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