President Obama delivers remarks at White House Tribal Nations Conference

4:0 EDT: President Obama delivers remarks at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Washington


Posting this with a heavy heart, the Eric Garner decision is just too much.

105 Responses to “President Obama delivers remarks at White House Tribal Nations Conference”

  1. December 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  2. 6 GGail
    December 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear the Eric Garner decision.

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    December 3, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    US Police Departments = “legally” sanctioned KKK lynch mobs.

    I’m not saying that all of them are, but one is too many. And we have concrete evidence that more than just a handful exist all over the US.

  4. 9 Linda
    December 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Can someone please put a gag on this man ?

    Hungary Summons U.S. Ambassador Over John McCain’s ‘Neofascist’ Comment

    BUDAPEST, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Hungary’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the U.S. ambassador in Hungary over comments made by U.S. Senator John McCain on Tuesday, calling Prime Minister Viktor Orban a “neofascist dictator.”


  5. 10 sherijr
    December 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Can anyone tell me, did this White House Tribal Nations Conference take place before President Obama?

    • 11 donna dem 4 obama
      December 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      I’m not sure about when Clinton was in the WH because you have to remember that cable news was very different back then than today. Also, none of the prior Presidents were as active and engaged as PBO as far as I can remember. President Bush shut everything down at the WH after 9/11. The double standard that drives me crazy about the way the media treats PBO is that GWB hated Washington, DC. He jumped on that plane and flew to Texas constantly. He did absolutely NOTHING with the public or any groups (with the exception of the military) in his whole 8 years in this city. Yet, PBO gets labeled aloof, detached and a stranger to DC.

      • 12 hopefruit2
        December 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

        Based on what the Tribal Chief said in his opening remarks, this annual meeting started with President Obama in 2009, and as PBO himself stated, this year marks the 6th conference.

      • 14 sherijr
        December 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        well the media loves their GW, they make me ill.

        I love all he is doing for Indian Country, it is long overdue.. he is so genuine in his obvious care of all our people.

  6. 15 forus50
    December 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    • December 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Yes choking someone to death IS a homicide, and it was in fact ruled a homicide by the coroner. But the corrupt grand jury have adopted a code of silence and sworn to protect their “own” in the just-as-corrupt police department. Blatant disregard for the law, and disregard for evidence to let murderers go free…

  7. 17 JER
    December 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm


  8. 18 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    So like what All White Jurors used to do……today, the prosecutors use the GJ to Not to indict those they work closely with……the Cops/Police?

    I am dumbfounded. I am numb. My head is exploding in sorrow.
    When are all EQUAL in USA under the Justice system? Shameful.
    23 members of the GJ. 12 are needed Not to indict. 14 were White and 5 were Black and 4 were others.
    There are 6 people…..children forever, Fatherless.

  9. 20 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  10. 22 arapaho415
    December 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    re: progress for Native Americans and protection of our public lands:

    From the article:

    Later on Tuesday – near midnight – a deal emerged that incorporated several public lands bills sponsored by Democratic Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall into a defense spending bill. That legislation, expected to win approval by both chambers of Congress, now includes:
    – A bill to designate the Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness
    – A bill to move the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico into a new management structure designed to boost public access.
    – A bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos. The park would conserve historic sites and artifacts that played a key role in the dawn of the nuclear era while telling the story of the creation of the world’s first atomic bomb and exploring its consequences for society.
    – A measure to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management streamline the oil and gas drilling permit process while strengthening a review system that helps meet environmental and safety standards.

    Pearce’ Native American housing bill would reauthorize a program that disburses federal block grants to tribes and Alaskan Native Villages, who then use the money to sustain affordable housing for low-income tribal households.

    Finally, something that bears President Obama’s signature:
    Earlier this month, Congress cleared a bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (both Democrats) that will allow the Amy Biehl charter school in Albuquerque to purchase the old post office it currently leases for classroom space. President Obama signed the legislation into law last week.

  11. 23 hopefruit2
    December 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Okay PBO is coming on soon.

  12. 24 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  13. 25 forus50
    December 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Look at this shit.

    Will Timothy Loehmann be indicted or arrested? Definitely unlikely based on the most recent grand jury decisions. Cops are above the law. They don’t need to display the slightest reason for killing in cold blood.

  14. 29 JER
    December 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama at The White House Tribal Nations Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  15. 31 hopefruit2
    December 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    What a great introduction from the Apache Chief, and a lovely and gracious welcome from the audience in general!

  16. 32 sherijr
    December 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    woohoo, he so deserves this welcome and praise 🙂 so many of us love this man.. this whole nation will cry when he leaves the Presidency, he’ll always be our President though.

  17. 35 hopefruit2
    December 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    PBO takes the time to mention the grand jury’s decision in the Erick Garner’s choking, which should be of concern to everyone.

  18. 36 Claire
    December 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    It’s like having to fight for anti-lynching laws again. The police are free to murder black people in the US at will. It doesn’t matter what state or city in which you live, if you have black skin in the US, you are not safe. The nation sickens me.

  19. 37 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    GJ said No to the Policeman who Choked RG to death…….Yet another GJ…perhaps the same, indicted the Cellographer who filmed the Video?

  20. 39 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Just doing a drive-by, busy today preparing for my Aunt’s funeral tomorrow.


  21. 40 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  22. 42 Linda
    December 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Dem Sen. Gillibrand: I Will Ask Justice Department To Investigate Chokehold Death


    paging Senator Schumer……there is a camera waiting for your comments……paging Senator Schumer.

    • 43 Nena20409
      December 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Here’s Senator Schumer’s response.

      • 44 hopefruit2
        December 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm

        I guess Schumer read Linda’s mind and quickly sent out this tweet before she had time post her thoughts on TOD!

        • 45 Linda
          December 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

          Not one NY Republican has said a word about this……

          Michael Grimm the criminal and the guy who threaten to throw a reporter off the balcony of Congress is the rep for Staten Island.

      • 49 Nena20409
        December 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      • 50 Jeff
        December 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

        This guy is more republican than democrat. The justice department has been investigating this death, I believe.

  23. 51 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Remember that the Obama Admin’s Budget started after Oct 1st 2009. Once again, when fools talk about the Militarization of local Police…….Once again, Record and Facts matter.

  24. 52 sherijr
    December 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    President Obama is the President this country should have always had.. think are far along, how evolved we would have been- if every single President had to hit the bar THIS President has reached. He makes me so proud. My best friend who died 30 years ago, was Sioux, from ND.. she would have been so pleased to have known President Obama.

  25. 54 Linda
    December 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot on Wednesday filed a lawsuit along with 16 other states over President Obama’s executive order delaying the deportation of about 5 million undocumented immigrants.

    The lawsuit claims that Obama’s “unilateral suspension of the Nation’s immigration laws is unlawful.”

    Abbot announced in November that he planned to bring a lawsuit against the administration. He argued that the executive action violates the “take care” clause in the constitution aimed at limiting the president’s authority.

    In a press conference on Wednesday, Abbott said that Obama did not “faithfully execute” the law, according to the Dallas Morning News.

    Texas was joined by Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Main, and North Carolina in suing the Obama administration.


    How can they file a pre-emptive suit….this will not even go in to effect until 1-1-2015 and can’t even apply until July. Who is the injured party here ?

  26. 56 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm

  27. 60 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

  28. 61 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Today in Philly:

  29. 62 JER
    December 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    LIVE NOW: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio News Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  30. 64 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I’m just sick to my stomach right now

  31. December 3, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Afternoon folks.

    Just got in from a meeting, so catching up on the Eric Garner news. Again, hard to be surprised. Grand juries almost never indict cops. (The fact that the Rodney King 4 were indicted was a minor miracle.) They’re the centurions protecting “us” from “them”.

  32. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    December 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

  33. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    December 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    • 70 yardarm756
      December 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      In light of this, does anyone believe that individual body cameras will change anything? I don’t think so. 😦

      • December 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        We don’t need ‘body cameras’ on these cops, we need ‘soul cameras’ on them and all the white racists who support their criminality toward people of color, sailor.

        • 72 yardarm756
          December 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

          Aye Lootenant but I fear that there is a storm brewing on the horizon. It has been forming for over 400 years and is about to reach critical mass………We should look to Africa at what could happen.
          I am reminded of a book by Robert Roarke-“Something of Value”…..Let us pray it doesn’t come to that.

      • December 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        I don’t think proponents of body cameras are saying that they will completely eliminate police brutality entirely. This is just one component of a broader set of measures designed to address this problem. However, bodycams have been documented to help reduce incidents of police brutality, and I really don’t think a handful of cases of non-indictment by a grand jury is an acceptable argument AGAINST bodycams.

      • December 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

        I agree with you, Yardarm! As the late Professor Derrick Bell, a veteran Civil Rights lawyer, said, in his brilliant book: “FACES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL,” reality, shaped by our knowledge of U.S. history, and by our lived experiences, compels us to acknowledge the “Permanence of Racism” in America. Throughout American history, any sign of Black advance has always provoked violent white reaction, and both covert and overt racism. In American history, such periods are characterized as the “Conservative reaction,” or better still, “the white back-lash.” The first Conservative reaction appeared in the period after the American Revolution, following the abolition of of slavery in the Northern States and the beginning of a small, but very vocal, anti-slavery movement; The second conservative reaction appeared after the Civil War, in response to the emancipation of slaves who were then grated citizenship, including the right to vote for adult Black males, during the period called RECONSTRUCTION. We of course know this second period as the Jim Crow period. People tend to associate the “Jim Crow” period with just the Southern States. The fact of the matter is that the Jim Crow period was nationwide. And the national political institutions (Congress, the Presidency, but especially the U.S. Supreme Court) were actively involved in validating Jim Crow. The third Conservative reaction appeared in the late 1970s to 1980s The incredible and impressive Civil Rights advances of the 1950s, 1960, and early 1970s provoked the Conservative reaction that is better known as Ronald Reagan Revolution. It appears to me that we are in the fourth conservative reaction provoked by the election of the first African American president.

  34. December 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Just posting a short video so take a deep breath to rejuvenate and then Keep on Keeping On. . .

  35. 80 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm

  36. 81 99ts
    December 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Lost the intertubes last night – ahhhhhhhh – just recovered – hours later – so catching up. Read this linked on an earlier thread – if you haven’t seen it – certainly on topic – the last paragraph

    “God bless you Mr. President. I’m praying for you. I am so very sorry. But take heart, in the long reach of history the door you opened will stay open for the millions of Americans of all colors, genders and beliefs who will follow you. They will bless your name. So will history. And someday a black young man with his hands up won’t be shot in the back of the head.”


    • 82 arapaho415
      December 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      The entire article is awesome, and should be front-paged IMHO.

      The photos of President Obama and his family alone are worth the click.

      So many good quotes from the article, hope that Bobfr gets a chance to see:

      I tweeted the photo of that segment of the article because Frank Schaeffer is just like us — yelling at Tweety by shouting at the TV, LOL.

      Another quote:
      “And while he’s been lynched by the Republican Party white America has also been on a murder spree against black men. The Republicans in Congress are so dedicated to lynching the President they’ve been willing to shut down our government and risk the future of our economy. Evangelical “Christians” have been so stuck on putting a rope around this black man’s neck they have denied their faith and been the backbone of the lying Tea Party who spawned the so-called “birthers” and the rest of the white people driving our news cycle.”

  37. 86 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  38. 88 JER
    December 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Military hats outside the Cabinet before the President’s meeting with Combatant Commanders and military leadership.

  39. 89 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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  41. 92 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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  44. 95 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  45. 97 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  46. 98 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  47. 99 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

  48. December 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    So I’m guessing HRC visited the WH to tell PBO she’s running. I wonder if she paid him the courtesy of informing she’ll be dissing him and his record whenever the opportunity strikes.

  49. December 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    • 102 Linda
      December 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Hey Brian Stelter……what do you have to say about Wolf Blizter giving Ben Carson almost 30 minutes of air time to spew his bile and talk about running for President.

      It seems unethical to me…

  50. December 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

  51. 105 JER
    December 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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