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President Talks About Native American Issues

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For the first time in nine years, a sitting US president has visited North Dakota.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama came to the state to discuss national policy regarding Native Americans.

In his first campaign for president, Obama promised to expand health services, improve education, combat meth dealers, promote economic development, and improve housing on reservations.

In remarks at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation this afternoon, the president said his administration has been the best in the nation's history at working with native nations.

(President Barack Obama) "My administration is determined to partner with tribes, and it's not something that just happens once in a while. It takes place every day on just about every issues that touches your lives, and that's what real nation to nation partnerships look like."

The president and first lady spent about an hour meeting with tribal children.

Obama says education for native students is a focus of his administration in the future.

(President Barack Obama) "Our country has a place for every one including every single young person here and all across the Dakotas and all across America and that you're getting the support and encouragement you need to go as far as your hard work and your talent will take you. That is my committment to every single young person here."

Obama is the third sitting president to visit Indian Country in nearly 80-years.

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