Dedicated to Promoting Tribal Self Determination & Sovereignty

ATNI is organized and chartered as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation under the laws of the State of Oregon. The organization sets out its membership and operating policies within its Constitution and Bylaws and ATNI Policies & Procedures Manual. Authority for management of the affairs of ATNI are delegated to the Executive Council by the members and further delegated to the Executive Board, Committees, and Executive Director.



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Save the Date
ATNI Winter Convention
February 2-5, 2015
Hosted by:
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
at Chinook Winds Casino Resort


ATNI Briefing Packet
White House Tribal Nation Conference 2014
  • Northwest Priority Issues for the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference: Resolution #14-69
  • Trust Reform: Priorities for the 2014 WHTNC
  • Government-to-Government Relations
  • Tribal Climate Change: Resolution #11-77 “Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change”
  • Economic Development
  • Indian Child Welfare Act: The Need for Greater Monitoring and Enforcement

ATNI Briefing Packet December 2014

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White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC) 2014

2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

December 03, 2014


At the White House Tribal Nations Conference, leaders from the 566 federally-recognized Native nations engaged with the President, Cabinet Officials, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs on key issues facing tribes including, respecting tribal sovereignty and upholding treaty and trust responsibilities, lack of access to capital and credit, and protecting Native women and youth. 


This year’s Conference builds on the President’s visit in June of this year to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, where he reaffirmed his commitment to education and economic development. As part of the Conference, the White House has released a new Native Youth Report that explores the challenges facing Native youth and makes recommendations for a path forward. For the first time in these Conferences, the voice of Native youth will be represented by 36 White House Youth Ambassadors, who joined tribal leaders in the breakout sessions and panels, and participating in leadership development programming.

Remarks by the President at the Tribal Nations Conference

2014 Native Youth Report:


Fact Sheet:


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ATNI Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change
Date to be Announced

Doubletree Lloyd Center, Portland Oregon

The purpose of the Summit is:

  • To  convene ATNI Tribal Leaders to discuss Climate Change Impacts
  • To  Share Tribal Strategies, Plans, Policy on Climate Change, Energy, and Carbon Emissions
  • To Discuss  Regional, National, and International Policy on Climate Change
  • To Discuss Tribal Needs and Funding Opportunities
  • To Identify Strategies to Promote and Protect Tribal Sovereignty and Tribal Resources
  • To Discuss the opportunity to develop a NW Tribal Action Plan on Climate Change

Don Sampson, Executive Director
Institute for Tribal Government & ATNI Climate Change Project Coordinator
Cell: (541) 215-2753  or  (541) 215-2919