The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
President Obama Inspires Native American Community
February 9, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Native Americans in the United States have high hopes that President Barack Obama will bring long hoped-for policy changes on issues important to their communities.
While visiting the Crow Reservation in Montana last May, Obama was adopted as an honorary member of the Crow Nation and given a native name that means "one who helps people throughout the land."
"To extend adoption to someone means that [the tribe] recognizes you as an individual who is aligned with them," explained Richard Guest, senior staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to protecting and defending Native American rights.
Artist Bunky Echohawk, who was inspired by Obama's speech at the Crow Reservation and his "compassion for Native people," created a painting of Barack Obama entitled, "Barack Black Eagle: He Who Helps People Throughout the Land," at the Native Nations: Uniting for Change event during the Democratic National Convention.