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What to watch: Obama hosts White House Tribal Nations Conference

Obama with tribal members in Montana during '08 campaign.
Obama with tribal members in Montana during '08 campaign. (Chris Carlson/associated Press)
Thursday, November 5, 2009

-- President Obama hosts the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior, gathering leaders of the 564 federally recognized Native American tribes.

A star-studded cast of administration officials is also expected to attend over the course of the day, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

Obama will speak and take questions in the morning.

-- Vice President Biden and the Middle Class Task Force he chairs convenes at 10:30 a.m. for a panel discussion in Washington.

-- First lady Michelle Obama makes a visit at 2 p.m. to the Department of Energy , the 13th federal agency she has visited.

-- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "Business Formation and Financial Crime." David S. Cohen, an assistant Treasury secretary, will testify.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta


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