WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 28, Chief Gary Batton met with President Donald Trump; Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency; Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry; and nine other Tribal leaders at the White House. The topics of discussion ranged from developing energy within tribal land, to protecting the environment, and fostered growth between federal and tribal governments.
Chief Batton commented, “I look forward to today’s meeting to continue to grow the Choctaw Nation’s government-to-government relationship with the United States of America. It’s always important to share Choctaw culture with our elected officials in Washington, DC, especially when tribal nations are invited to the White House.”
The gathering provided Chief Batton an opportunity to share with the Trump Administration obstacles that the tribe faces and how the federal government can aid in finding a solution.
“We appreciate the White House convening tribal leaders for discussions. I look forward to personally meeting the President of the United States and working together with him and his team to strengthen economic development and tribal sovereignty”, stated Chief Batton.
Chief Batton plans to continue his endeavor of ensuring the stewardship of the Nation’s sovereignty, culture, environment and natural resources. He strives to make sure that these top priorities are in balance and protected.
Submitted by the Choctaw Nation.