A new quarterly newsletter by the United Southern and Eastern Tribes (USET) shares the progressive steps and great achievements that tribes within the nonprofit's region are taking to empower Native communities. "Collectively, we are engaged at all levels and demonstrating through our actions the strength that comes with unity," USET President Brian Patterson said in an email announcing the first newsletter.
USET is a nationally recognized intertribal consortium that collectively represents its 26 member tribes at the regional and national level. It is dedicated to advancing self-determination and protecting Indian rights and resources on tribal lands.
The first volume of the newsletter, released in April, provides updates about the organization, such as new partnerships with regional community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and Vanderbilt University, and past events like “Together…Stronger…Transcending” during Impact Week, February 3-6—an event intended to build upon on the growing energy of the Idle No More (Silent No More) movement throughout Indian country.
The newsletter also highlights honors bestowed on Indian nations, businesses and individual tribal members. It reports that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians became the first federally recognized Tribe to receive a Presidential Disaster Declaration since the Stafford Act was amended through the Sandy Relief Act in January, the State of Maine recognized registered dental hygienist Mary Repole as an “Oral Health Hero” for serving the people of Passamaquoddy Indian Township, and Golfweek magazine recently named all three golf courses at the Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino to its "Top 40 Best Casino Courses" list.
In addition, USET's numerous upcoming events are listed in the newsletter. Many of the meetings and conferences take place in USET's Nashville, Tennessee headquarters. The next, however, the USET Semi-Annual Meeting, May 14-17, will be hosted by the Seneca Nation of Indians at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York.