Bismarck, ND -
Only 4 Presidents have ever visited an Indian Reservation while in office.
Calvin Coolidge to Pine Ridge in 1927, FDR on a Cherokee reservation in 1936, Bill Clinton in 1999 on Pine Ridge, and President Obama to Standing Rock on Friday.
Tia Streeter-KX News: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are set to visit Fort Yates and Cannonball. Its a trip in which the Obamas can see first hand what's really going on in Indian Country.
Rick Collin- President Obama coming on to a reservation to see up close and personal, the misery and quality of life will really drive home to him how he can't possibly, get otherwise, to understand what needs to be done what needs to be addressed in Indian Country
Tia Streeter: During his time in office, President Obama has worked on Indian issues. Carole Barrett-a professor of American Indian studies at U Mary says this historic trip to Standing Rock will mean more than other political overture he could make.
Carole Barrett: he's had tribal summits but those are always top officials from Tribal organizations so its still political level but this is on a grass roots level which is really what means something to American Indian people
Tia Streeter: According to Barrett, Native American's typically consider themselves forgotten by the Government. This trip may give a sense of hope and reinforce that their Government does care.
Carole Barrett: it will put it a little on a national stage, I don't know if it'll have lasting impact but it calls attention to issues
Rick Collin-Presidential Historian: Presidential visits lift people up and they give them hope and that's really one of the major goals of President Obamas visit to Standing Rock.
Tia Streeter: Not everyone has agreed with President Obama's choice of visiting Standing Rock, however, Barrett says Standing Rock is more representative of what life is like on a reservation. And if the Obama's want to know what issues Native American's truly face, Standing Rock is where they should be.