My business travels earlier this month took me to Washington, D.C. I was attending the Native American Indian Housing Council’s legislative conference with one of our clients. I’ve been to DC a half-a-dozen times for business, but never did the business intersect with the legislative process.
In addition to listening to presentations and updates on what is happening in housing in Indian Country across the United States, we had the opportunity to participate in senate and house committee meetings. Now I’ve attended city council meetings, public hearings and committee hearings at the local and state level. It might not seem all that different at the federal level, until you remember that what is being discussed in the hallowed halls of the House and the Senate not only impact us as a nation, but impact us in our home states as well.
There were a few days where I didn’t need to get to a meeting till early afternoon. This is a very walkable city so I took advantage of the time to stroll a bit.
The District, as the locals refer to it, is full of hustle and bustle. I may not always agree with what our elected leaders are doing but that in no way diminishes the sense of pride I felt when I looked around and know that history is made here each and every day.