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President Biden will announce new steps on Monday to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans, as well as better protection of private lands, treaty rights and sacred places, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing Friday.

Why it matters: The announcements will take place during the first Tribal Nations summit since 2016, which did not take place under the previous administration. It is also the first time the summit is being hosted by the White House.

The big picture: Both the president and first lady Jill Biden will address Tribal leaders at the summit on Monday, while Vice President Kamala Harris is slated to speak at the summit on Tuesday, Psaki noted.

  • Leaders from more than 570 tribes are expected to participate in the summit, which is being held virtually due to the pandemic. More than three dozen tribal representatives will address the two-day gathering, AP reported.

State of play: The new announcements will build on other actions by the Biden administration.

  • In April, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland ordered the reversal of several Trump administration policies involving tribal lands, to allow tribes to have more ownership and management.
  • That same month, the Department of Interior also created a new unit to support investigations into missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • This summer, Native Americans transported a 5,000-pound totem pole to raise awareness about protecting land that they consider sacred.
  • Native American groups have also urged the administration to restore and expand funding Utah's Bears Ears National Monument, which was slashed by nearly 85% under former President Trump.

Of note: Some activists have been frustrated that the administration hasn't acted more aggressively to reverse Trump's rollback of protections for national monuments.

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Hostage families' mission to meet the president

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Relatives of American hostages and political prisoners held overseas are increasingly impatient for a meeting with President Biden.

Driving the news: Last week's release of a U.S. journalist held in Myanmar has elevated some expectations. So, too, did four years of Donald Trump's unusually public enthusiasm for and prioritization of hostage negotiations — with some notable successes.

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Scoop: Iran preparing to enrich weapons-grade uranium, Israel warns U.S.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference. Photo: Presidency of Iran handout via Getty

Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."