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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 9, 1994 Volume 30--Number 18 Pages 941-1005 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings American Indian and Alaska Native tribal leaders--941 Americans with disabilities--953 Andrew W. Mellon dinner--990 Assistance to South Africa--993 Atlanta, GA--960, 962 Cinco de Mayo celebration--996 Congressional elections--962 Housing and Urban Development Department crime briefing--984 Legislation to ban assault weapons--957, 991, 994 Radio address--947 Situation in Rwanda--948 Small Business Person of the Year, award presentation--979 Women's health care--998 Appointments and Nominations Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair--979 Commissioner--979 National Transportation Safety Board, Vice Chair--946 U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Assistant Directors--946 U.S. District Court, judges--998 U.S. Representatives to Coral Sea Week--946 Bill Signings Foreign Relations Authorization Act, statement--948 School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 Remarks--985 Statement--988 Communications to Congress Budget deferrals, message--959 District of Columbia, message transmitting budget--990 Federal Advisory Committees, message transmitting report--997 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, letter--978 National Endowment for Democracy, message transmitting report--997 Communications to Federal Agencies Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, memorandum--978 Executive Orders Amendment to Executive Order No. 12878--945 Revocation of Executive Order No. 12582--959 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Atlanta, GA--962, 963 Oval Office--1000 Rose Garden--991, 994 South Lawn--959 Interview on CNN's ``Global Forum With President Clinton''--964 Letters and Messages Americans with disabilities--945 Hunters and sportsmen--945 (Continued on the inside back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Meetings With Foreign Leaders See also Statements Other Than Presidential Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia--1000 Proclamations Law Day, U.S.A.--951 Loyalty Day--952 Mother's Day--1001 Public Service Recognition Week--979 Small Business Week--952 Statements by the President See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings Agreement to withdraw Russian military forces from Latvia--953 Implementation of the Israel-Palestinian Declaration of Principles-- 989 Statements Other Than Presidential Counterintelligence effectiveness--978 President's meeting with Vice Premier Zou of China--959 Reforming multilateral peace operations--998 President's telephone conversation with Prime Minister Papandreou of Greece--1002 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1005 Checklist of White House press releases--1004 Digest of other White House announcements--1002 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1003 [[Page 941]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 941-944] Monday, May 9, 1994 Volume 30--Number 18 Pages 941-1005 Week Ending Friday, May 6, 1994 Remarks to American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Leaders April 29, 1994 The President. Thank you very much, very much Chief Wilma Mankiller and to all the other distinguished leaders here today. Let me first welcome you here on behalf of the First Lady and Vice President and Mrs. Gore. All of us are honored by your presence. I also wanted to especially thank those who have spoken and participated to this point and those who will participate in the remainder of this program. I have listened carefully and learned a lot. This is, as all of you know, a time of great challenge and transition for our beloved country and for the world. As I travel across this country and talk to the people about the problems that all Americans share, whether it's crime or health care or the economy, I find a concern that goes deeper even in these specific matters. There is a great yearning in this Nation for people to be able to reestablish a sense of community, a sense of oneness, a sense of cooperation, of shared values and spirit. Americans are searching for the chance to come together in friendship, instead of coming apart in anger and distrust. There is a yearning for us to be able to live together so that all of us can live up to our God-given potential and be respected for who and what we are. It is in that spirit and with great humility I say to the leaders of the first Americans, the American Indian and Alaska Natives, welcome to the White House. Welcome home. So much of who we are today comes from who you have been for a long time. Long before others came to these shores there were powerful and sophisticated cultures and societies here: yours. Because of your ancestors, democracy existed here long before the Constitution was drafted and ratified. Just last week, people all around the world celebrated the 24th annual Earth Day. Yet for thousands of years, you have held nature in awe, celebrating the bond between Earth and the Creator. You have reminded people that all of us should make decisions not just for our children and their grandchildren but for generation upon generation yet to come. I believe in your rich heritage and in our common heritage. What you have done to retain your identity, your dignity, and your faith in the face of often immeasurable obstacles is profoundly moving, an example of the enduring strength of the human spirit. We desperately need this lesson now. We must keep faith with you and with that spirit and with the common heritage so many of us cherish. That is what you came to talk to me about and what I would like to respond to today. In every relationship between our people, our first principle must be to respect your right to remain who you are and to live the way you wish to live. And I believe the best way to do that is to acknowledge the unique government-to-government relationship we have enjoyed over time. Today I reaffirm our commitment to self-determination for tribal governments. I pledge to fulfill the trust obligations of the Federal Government. I vow to honor and respect tribal sovereignty based upon our unique historic relationship. And I pledge to continue my efforts to protect your right to fully exercise your faith as you wish. Let me speak for a moment about religious freedom, something precious to you, something deeply enshrined in our Constitution. For many of you, traditional religions and ceremonies are the essence of your culture and your very existence. Last year, I was pleased to sign a law that restored certain constitutional protections for those who want to express their faith in this country. No agenda for religious freedom will be complete until traditional Native American [[Page 942]] religious practices have received all the protections they deserve. Legislation is needed to protect Native American religious practices threatened by Federal action. The Native American free exercise of religion act is long overdue. And I will continue to work closely with you and Members of Congress to make sure the law is constitutional and strong. I want it passed so that I can invite you back here and sign it into law in your presence. And to make certain that you can obtain the ritual symbols of your religious faith, in a moment I will sign a directive to every executive department and agency of Government, not just the Department of Interior, instructing them to cooperate with tribal governments to accommodate wherever possible the need for eagle feathers in the practice of Native American religions. This then is our first principle: respecting your values, your religions, your identity, and your sovereignty. This brings us to the second principle that should guide our relationship: We must dramatically improve the Federal Government's relationships with the tribes and become full partners with the tribal nations. I don't want there to be any mistake about our commitment to a stronger partnership between our people. Therefore, in a moment, I will also sign an historic Government directive that requires every executive department and agency of Government to take two simple steps: first, to remove all barriers that prevent them from working directly with tribal governments and, second, to make certain that if they take action affecting tribal trust resources, they consult with tribal governments prior to that decision. It is the entire Government, not simply the Department of the Interior, that has a trust responsibility with tribal governments. And it is time the entire Government recognized and honored that responsibility. Part of being better partners is also being better listeners. The Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice have never before joined together to listen to the leaders of the Indian nations. It's time to change that. Next week, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, both Attorney General Reno and Secretary Babbitt and many of their sub- Cabinet officials will meet with you for 2 days at the first National American Indian Listening Conference. I'm looking forward to hearing their specific ideas from the conference on ways to move our nations forward together. The same applies to the unprecedented series of 23 meetings that the Department of Housing and Urban Development, under Secretary Cisneros, will have with tribal governments by September to improve housing and living conditions in tribal communities and to listen to you about how you can take the lead in doing it. All governments must work better. We must simply be more responsive to the people we serve and to each other. It's the only way we'll be able to do good things with the resources we have. I know that you agree with that. More and more of you are moving to assume fuller control of your governments. Many are moving aggressively to take responsibility for operating your own programs. Each year the Bureau of Indian Affairs is providing more technical services and fewer direct services. One avenue for greater tribal control is through self-governance
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