Obama to convene with tribal leaders
The president has invited the leaders of each of the 565 federally recognized tribes to the event, the White House announced Monday. It would be Mr. Obama’s second conference with American Indians. Mr. Obama first met with tribal leaders last November.
The president says he wants tribal leaders to be able to interact with him and with top administration officials.
Last year’s event drew leaders from 386 tribal nations and was the first meeting of its kind in 15 years.
Salazar orders land conservation
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is ordering federal land managers to consider conservation as the primary focus of some 27 million acres of public lands in the West.
Environmental groups had been seeking the secretarial order to further protect the conservation lands, including Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon. The order was signed Monday.
Mr. Salazar’s order clarifies that the Bureau of Land Management should treat conservation as a top priority in managing the 27-million-acre National Landscape Conservation System. The bureau also promotes grazing, energy development and tourism.
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