NAAG Winter Meeting

The NAAG Winter Meeting was held Dec. 1-3 at the Biltmore in Phoenix, Ariz. Participation was high with 29 Attorneys General attending and 11 designated representatives. This year’s program featured panel presentations on Southwest Border Violence, Mexico-U.S. Cooperation, Practicing Before the State Supreme Court, Issues Facing the U.S. Territories, and the Market Meltdown. Guest speakers included U.S. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden and Dr. Joseph Thompson, Arkansas surgeon general. Particularly noteworthy, and unprecedented, was our afternoon and evening sessions addressing Native American issues.

The Annual Winter Meeting has traditionally been for Attorneys General and their staff only. This limited participation has been very beneficial in fostering more dynamic dialog among the NAAG members and providing the opportunity to address sensitive issues in a more private setting. This year, the NAAG Planning Committee, prompted by the recommendation of our host, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, decided to include several sessions concerning Native American issues and invited tribal representatives from the tribes located in Arizona and New Mexico to attend and participate. Through the tremendous efforts of the staff of the Attorneys General offices in Arizona and New Mexico, we welcomed representatives from many tribes to our Wednesday afternoon sessions on State/Tribal Collaboration--moderated by Attorneys General Goddard and Gary King--and Combating Crime in Indian Country--moderated by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. In addition, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Larry Echo Hawk, was present for all the sessions and concluded the day at dinner that evening with very moving and inspiring remarks. Thanks to the hard work of many, it was a very successful program.

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Arizona Supreme Court with NAAG leaders
Arizona Supreme Court with NAAG leaders
Native American Session
Native American Session