E.T. “Bud” Moran, who will represent the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at this week’s Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., is hoping discussion priorities center on topics like health care, housing and economic development.
As the Missoulian’s Vince Devlin reports, Moran also wants the burgeoning deficit to be a topic of focus.
“One of the major things we think about at this level is deficit reduction,” Moran said before departing for Washington. “The federal deficit is going to affect everyone, and it’s going to affect future generations.”
That’s where the “seven-generation” philosophy comes in. When Indian tribes make decisions, he said, they consider not just immediate impacts, or impacts five or 10 years down the road, but how their decisions today will affect the next seven generations to come.
The Tribal Nations Conference, the second since Obama took office, offers the leaders of 565 American Indian tribes an opportunity to “interact directly with the president and representatives from the highest level of his administration,” according to the White House.
CSKT also made the news today for a unique land deal that will help protect and repair 6 miles of riverbank along Little Bitterroot, which runs through the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana. Vince Devlin has that report for the Missoulian as well.