White House Arctic Science Ministerial

White House Arctic Science Ministerial
On September 28, 2016, science ministers from across the globe will gather in Washington, DC, for the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial.

Understanding the rapid changes that are affecting the Arctic—as well as the impacts of these changes on the rest of the world—requires a cooperative, global approach based on research partnerships involving participants from Arctic and non-Arctic nations, including, of course, the people who call the Arctic home. That’s why, on September 28, 2016—just after the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s historic trip to Alaska—the Administration will host the first-ever Arctic Science Ministerial.

The White House Arctic Science Ministerial will bring together ministers of science, chief science advisors, and other high-level officials from countries around the world, as well as representatives from indigenous groups, to expand joint collaborations focused on Arctic science, research, observations, monitoring, and data-sharing. The goals of the event are to advance promising, near-term science initiatives and create a context for increased international scientific collaboration on the Arctic over the longer term.

Specifically, the Ministerial will focus on four key themes:

  1. Arctic Science Challenges and their Regional and Global Implications
  2. Strengthening and Integrating Arctic Observations and Data Sharing
  3. Applying Expanded Scientific Understanding of the Arctic to Build Regional Resilience and Shape Global Responses
  4. Arctic Science as a Vehicle for STEM Education and Citizen Empowerment

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/05/13/white-house-arctic-science-ministerial-september-28-2016



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September 28, 2016
White House Arctic Science Ministerial
Washington, DC





2016 US Presidential Election Debate @ Hofstra University

Hofstra University will host the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced July 19.

“Hofstra University is honored to be called on to host the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016. This is an extraordinary privilege and responsibility,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We greatly appreciate the faith shown in us by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and we have begun preparations for a very successful debate.”

For more: http://www.hofstra.edu/debate/index.html



Hillary Clinton  – US Democratic Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump  – US Republican Presidential Candidate

How Clinton Beat Trump in Their First Debate, By the Numbers


September 26, 2016 @ 9:00 PM ET
US Presidential Election Debate
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York
Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News



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White House Tribal Nations Conference 2016

WH Tribal Nations Conference

President Obama hosts the 8th White House Tribal Nations Conference

President Obama hosts the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference on Monday, September 26th in Washington, DC. The conference providse leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe will send one representative to the conference. This is the eighth and final White House Tribal Nations Conference for the Obama Administration, and continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Native youth will participate in President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen I) initiative which focuses on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed.





Tribal Leaders Preparatory Meeting

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Where: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005

On-Site Pre-Registration for White House Tribal Nations Conference

Time: 12:00 pm
Where: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005



2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference

Time: 9:00-6:00 pm
Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20240

Tribal Leaders Reception

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Lobby, 1301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20240


Department of the Interior Subgroup Meetings

Where: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20240

Alaska Native Education Program: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Listening Session

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: U.S. Department of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, Training and Development Center (TDC), Room 128, 400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20202

National Indian Gaming Association: Tribal Leaders Reception

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Where: 224 Second St SE, Washington, DC, 20003



DOJ Listening Session on Violence Against Indigenous Women & Girls

Time: 9:00-11:30 am
Where: White House Conference Center, Lincoln Room, 726 Jackson

EPA Tribal Leaders Listening Session

Time: 9:30 am-11:30 am
Where: EPA Headquarters, William Jefferson Clinton South Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Rachel Carson Green Room (third floor), Washington, DC 20004


Indian Health Service Update
Time: 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm

The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribes and Alaska Native entities as provided by the Constitution of the United States, treaties, court decisions and Federal statutes. Within the government-to-government relationship, Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 566 Federally recognized tribes.

To learn more about the US Department of the Interior Indian Affairs: http://www.bia.gov


Pres. Obama meets with Native youth as a part of his Generation Indigenous (Gen I) initiative at The 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference
Pres. Obama meets with Native youth as a part of his Generation Indigenous (Gen I) initiative at The 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference



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September 26th, 2016
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST
President Obama hosts the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington DC





National Museum of African American History & Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

There are four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands:

  1. It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions;
  2. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences;
  3. It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture; and
  4. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

For more: http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/


8:00 AM EDT
Preview of National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening  

10:00 AM EDT
National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Dedication Ceremony Speakers:

President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Congressman John Lewis, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and the museum founding director, Lonnie Bunch


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 September 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM ET
Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture
Dedication Ceremony
Washington, DC



2015 Natl Medal of Arts & Natl Humanities Medal

Natl Medal of Arts

The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the United States Congress in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts. A prestigious American honor, it is the highest honor specifically given for achievement in the arts conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people. Honorees are selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and ceremoniously presented the award by the President of the United States.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Medal_of_Arts


2015 National Medal of Arts


natl humanities medal

The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the Nation.  The NEA extends its work through partnerships with State arts agencies, local leaders, other Federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The Endowment brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.

For more: http://www.neh.gov/about


2015 National Humanities Medal 


Thursday, September 22, 2016
President Obama awards the 2015 National Medal of Arts and 
the National Humanities Medals 
East Room, White House


Live Stream: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live




United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants

United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants

March 23, 2016
The UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one state to handle on its own. The international community must work together to find durable solutions.

For more:  http://www.un.org/pga/70/2016/03/23/united-nations-summit-on-refugees-and-migrants/

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“We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.

Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all — the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time.

The pursuit of this promise defines our history; with amendments that trace our national journey, the Constitution bears witness to how far we have come. As we celebrate the world’s longest surviving written charter of government, let us remember that upholding our founding principles requires us to challenge modern injustices. Let us accept our responsibilities as citizens, our obligations to one another and to future generations. Let us move forward with the knowledge that in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. “

9/16/13 President Barack Obama 

Refugees Arriving at Ellis island 1902
Refugees Arriving at Ellis island 1902
  • Castle Island or  Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1830 to 1892, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center for the United States, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.

  • Angel Island is a site of great history, culture, and heritage. The island lies off the coast of the city of Tiburon in Marin County, California, Uniteds States and is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay with an area of 640 acres. The United States War Department provided space to build the immigration center in 1905. Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West”, Angel Island was the location of the major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 for those arriving from Pacific routes, especially from Asia.

  • Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the site of the nation’s busiest immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Prior to that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934.


Statement by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Co-Hosts for President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees

June 03, 2016

On September 20, President Obama will host a Leader’s Summit on Refugees on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power met with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and others representing the co-hosts for the Summit – Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden and the UN Secretary General.  The Leaders’ Summit co-hosts pledged to work closely together to advance the objectives of the Summit, not only through direct action but also through concerted efforts to urge and support robust action by other UN Member States.

With 20 million refugees around the world, a comprehensive, collective international effort to strengthen refugee protection and assistance is more critical than ever.  The co-hosts for the Summit all recognize that the international community must do more to protect and assist refugees.  Humanitarian appeals are at record levels, yet are underfunded. Massive numbers of refugees are turning to dangerous and illegal smuggling networks in search of safety; and millions more face long-term dependency in first asylum countries, without access to lawful employment and education.  In the lead up to the UNGA, the co-hosts and other UN Member States that join this effort will make concrete commitments to address these challenges, and all new and significant commitments made during 2016 will be recognized at the Leaders’ Summit.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/03/statement-national-security-advisor-susan-rice-co-hosts-president-obamas



September 19 – 20, 2016
United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants
71st session of the UN General Assembly
New York, New York


Live Stream: http://webtv.un.org




Buffalo Soldier – 150th Anniversary

Buffalo Soldiers
Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort LeavenworthKansas. This nickname was given to the “Negro Cavalry” by the Native American tribes they fought in the Indian Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African American regiments formed in 1866:

Although several African American regiments were raised during the Civil War as part of the Union Army (including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the many United States Colored Troops Regiments), the “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, who was the oldest living Buffalo Soldier, died at the age of 111. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Soldier