Feb 12, 2001 — We've been hearing a lot in the news about changes in our federal government that accompany the transfer of power from one president's administration to another. How Janet Reno enforced the law, for example, under President Clinton will be very different from John Ashcroft's approach as Attorney General. Such is the situation for all of the federal agencies. Each year, a coalition of 24 native tribes, called the United South and Eastern Tribes, convene in Washington, DC to craft an agenda for native issues for the year. It's called Impact Week, and with a new administration bringing a different approach to issues ranging from native land claims to environmental protection, this year's meeting was especially important. Akwesasne Chief Alma Ransom was a part of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's Impact Week delegation. She recently returned from Washington and spoke with David Sommerstein about Impact Week.