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Obama Visits Native American Reservation

Native American dancers from more than 20 reservations in North and South Dakota perform before the arrival of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation Friday, June 13, 2014, in Cannon Ball, N.D.
Native American dancers from more than 20 reservations in North and South Dakota perform before the arrival of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation Friday, June 13, 2014, in Cannon Ball, N.D.
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U.S. President Barack Obama has made his first visit since taking office to a Native American reservation.

The president and his wife, Michelle, traveled Friday to Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in the north-central U.S.

He is just the fourth sitting president to visit a Native American reservation.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama exit Air Force One for their trip to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in Bismarck, N.D., June 13, 2014. (AP)U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama exit Air Force One for their trip to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in Bismarck, N.D., June 13, 2014. (AP)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama exit Air Force One for their trip to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in Bismarck, N.D., June 13, 2014. (AP)
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama exit Air Force One for their trip to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in Bismarck, N.D., June 13, 2014. (AP)
Citing legendary tribal chief Sitting Bull, Obama said, "Let's put our minds together to build more economic opportunity in Indian country."

Native Americans who live on reservations face low education levels, poor health care, a high poverty rate and substandard housing.

The White House announced new initiatives Friday, including reforms for the  Bureau of Indian Education, efforts to bring high-speed Internet to tribal schools and training for teachers.  

The president and the first lady met privately with tribal youth to discuss their challenges growing up on the reservation that was home to Sitting Bull.

Tribal government Chairman Dave Archambault praised the president for helping to correct what he called "historic wrongs" involving tribal land disputes.

Standing Rock is home to nearly 1,000 residents. The Bureau of Indian Affairs says about 63 percent of able workers at the 9,300 square-kilometer reservation are unemployed.

The president was visiting North Dakota en route to a vacation in Palm Springs, California.

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by: Another left out Native from: America
June 14, 2014 9:19 AM
What, another bid for reelection at the expense of duped minority persons?



What, another bid for reelection while duping those who can't afford another term of lies and administration deceit.


by: glen perouza from: brooklyn ny
June 14, 2014 9:18 AM
4th pres to visit unbelievable


by: Gale from: Mobile
June 14, 2014 7:55 AM
I thank GOD the president visited the Native American reservation, they need serious help All of the Native Americans and they have been ignored, mistreated, and done without for too long. Show love and kindness by helping the Native Americans.


by: Anonymous
June 14, 2014 3:38 AM
Tell JayZ & Beyonce 2 help out since thy put so much $ n2 Obama's election!


by: sophia murrell from: springfield,illinois
June 14, 2014 3:36 AM
its good to hear the president help them so it would make their nation grow stronger. people would have a chance at life to become something major and stronger.


by: Brooklyn Brown from: NC
June 14, 2014 3:35 AM
With all due respect 2 Native Americans, the same problems they r facing half of white & black Americans r facing! I recently worked @ a factory where 5 blacks worked @ & 5 whites worked @ & about 50 Hispanics worked thr also. 3 of them i know were illegals, fake social security #'s & we all made $7.25 an hour. Who can pay rent, lights, water, phone,tv, car insurance, food, school supplies on tht? Hispanics apparently cause thy all 2000 model cars, jewerly, i phones..........& no drivers license!


by: joe from: south jersey
June 14, 2014 1:58 AM
It's nice and all what he's trying to do with add for every one but how about helping the us a lil more we have poor schools to many drugs on the streets not enough jobs. Do more for the USA. Not every one and ther mother Couse when the usa is broke who's realy gonna help us thay could care less and might be a good thing if you start by lowering gas prices for thos who can only get a lil driver's job but spend half of ther pay to make even less pay more mind to your people Couse we are starting to look the other way of you

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