President Obama has invited Eastern Shawnee Tribal Chief Glenna J. Wallace to Washington, D.C. to attend the White House Tribal Nations Conference on November 5.

President Obama said, “I look forward to hearing directly from the leaders in Indian Country about what my Administration can do to not only meet their needs, but help improve their lives and the lives of their peoples. This conference will serve as part of the ongoing and important consultation process that I value, and further strengthen the Nation-to-Nation relationship. “

This is the first time a sitting president has ever invited representatives of all 564 federally recognized tribes to Washington, D. C.  President Obama wants to hear directly from tribal leaders about what his administration can do to meet the needs of tribal people.

Chief Wallace was honored to receive her invitation.  She believes it is not so important that individuals attend the event, but that many tribal Chiefs accept the invitation. 

“It is our responsibility to show President Obama that Indian Country appreciates the attention his administration focuses on both the issues and opportunities of tribal people,” said Chief Wallace.

Chief Wallace will travel to Washington, D.C. on November 4. She will return November 6, 2009.