President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Today, President Biden will announce his intent to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Jackson is one of the nation’s brightest legal minds. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Since Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement, President Biden has conducted a rigorous process to identify his replacement. President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law. He also sought a nominee—much like Justice Breyer—who is wise, pragmatic, and has a deep understanding of the Constitution as an enduring charter of liberty. And the President sought an individual who is committed to equal justice under the law and who understands the profound impact that the Supreme Court’s decisions have on the lives of the American people.

As the longtime Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the President took seriously the Constitution’s requirement that he make this appointment “by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate,” seeking the advice of Senators in both parties. He studied the histories and case records of candidates, consulted legal experts, and met with candidates.

A former clerk for Justice Breyer, Judge Jackson has broad experience across the legal profession – as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender. Judge Jackson has been confirmed by the Senate with votes from Republicans as well as Democrats three times.

Judge Jackson is an exceptionally qualified nominee as well as an historic nominee, and the Senate should move forward with a fair and timely hearing and confirmation.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Judge Jackson has devoted the majority of her career to serving the public—as a U.S. Sentencing Commission lawyer and commissioner; as a federal public defender; and as a federal judge. Judge Jackson currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 2013 to 2021, she served as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. She has been confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis three times – twice as judge and once to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Judge Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Miami, Florida. Her parents attended segregated primary schools in the South, then attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Both started their careers as public school teachers and became leaders and administrators in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. When Judge Jackson told her high school guidance counselor she wanted to attended Harvard, the guidance counselor warned that Judge Jackson should not to set her sights “so high.” That didn’t stop Judge Jackson. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, then attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

After law school, Judge Jackson served in Justice Breyer’s chambers as a law clerk. Judge Jackson served as a federal public defender from 2005 to 2007, representing defendants on appeal who did not have the means to pay for a lawyer. If confirmed, she would be the first former federal public defender to serve on the Supreme Court.

Prior to serving as a judge, Judge Jackson followed in the footsteps of her mentor Justice Breyer by working on the U.S. Sentencing Commission—an important body, bipartisan by design, that President Biden fought to create as a member of the U.S. Senate. Her work there focused on reducing unwarranted sentencing disparities and ensuring that federal sentences were just and proportionate.

Judge Jackson lives with her husband, Patrick, who serves as Chief of the Division of General Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, and two daughters, in Washington, D.C.


Invitation for ezFedGrant (eFG) Webinar Series

The Office of National Tribal Liaison (ONTL) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) profoundly values the Tribal Nations’ partnership. ONTL has hosted several webinars to keep tribes informed, and we hope you have been taking advantage of the webinar series. Our next upcoming webinar will be focusing on getting familiar with the “ezFedGrant” website, the Agency’s tool for processing cooperative agreements. We invite you and your staff members to attend the ezFedGrant (eFG) webinar series. There will be a one-hour and thirty-minute webinar each Monday in March, beginning with March 07, 2022, starting at 11 am MST/ 1 pm EST. Below is an official letter of invitation you can with more details. Below is a registration link and webinar link.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Carl Etsitty ( or Dr. Terry Clark (

Registration Link:

Web Join URL:

Youth Dialogue on the National Climate Assessment

Event Date: 15 February 2022 | 4-6pm PST | 5-7pm MST | 7:00 -9:00 pm ET

University and high school students are invited to a special event to discuss the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a major U.S. Government report on how climate change affects people and places in the United States. Attendees will hear from authors of the assessment and discuss how they can learn from and reflect the concerns of young people in the US.

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Treasury Tribal Consultations

Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund, Section 605 of the American Rescue Plan Act

Tribal Chairpersons’ Associations and Tribal Organizations,

I am writing to send a reminder that Treasury is hosting three consultations this week (starting tomorrow) on the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund, Section 605 of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Section 605 provides a $500 million Tribal set aside to be distributed as $250 million for FY 2022 and FY 2023 to each eligible Tribe based on a consideration of economic conditions. The fund can be used for any governmental purpose, except lobbying. 

Attached is the Dear Tribal Leader Letter that was sent out and the links for registration are available here:

The deadline for written comments is February 28, 2022 AKST.

Please let us know if you have any questions. 


Fatima Abbas

Senior Advisor, Tribal Policy and Engagement

Department of Treasury


Tribal Webinar: Overview of APHIS’ Biotechnology Regulatory Services

Animal Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Office of National Tribal Liaison (ONTL) is making strives to keep you informed during the pandemic through a series of Tribal webinars. These webinars are designed to give you a better insight into how APHIS is helping to protect U.S. and Tribal agricultural and natural resources—and citizens—from animal and plant disease and pest threats. APHIS would like to cordially invite you and your staff members to our fourth Tribal webinar: Overview of APHIS’ Biotechnology Regulatory Services” on Wednesday, March 09, 2022, at 1:00 pm ET. Below is the registration and meeting link. Also is an attached letter with more information on the webinar. If you have questions, contact me ( for more details.

We hope to see you soon.

Announcing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook

The White House released the first edition of its Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook to help tribal, state, local, and territorial governments unlock the benefits from the historic investments in our nation’s infrastructure. The guidebook is a one-stop-shop on the law and contains the most comprehensive information to date on the more than 375 programs included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

To this end, the White House has also published an accompanying data file that allows users to quickly sort programs funded under the law by fields like agency, amount, recipient, or program name.

Future phases of the guidebook will update dates, key timelines for program implementation, best practices, case studies, and links to key resources developed by the White House and key partners. The White House will continue to update this resource online at

Informational Webinars:

To help partners better understand how to use this document and hear the latest updates on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law implementation, the White House is hosting two webinars this week for intergovernmental partners and stakeholders:

The White House recognizes tribal, state, local, and territorial capacity may be strained due to the pandemic, historic underinvestment, or just the challenges of day-to-day governance. A community’s lack of capacity to apply for federal funds can create significant inequities – and for many communities, this will be their first time applying for funds from a suite of federal agencies. While many funding streams in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law specifically set aside funds for disadvantaged communities, the White House Infrastructure Implementation Team will be engaging tribes, states, local governments, territories, federal agencies, philanthropies, and others to leverage all available resources to quickly deliver the necessary technical assistance and capacity to underserved communities. The guidebook is a critical tool to accelerate and amplify the impact of this work.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW | Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website.