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Hundreds Come Out to See President Obama in Cannon Ball

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To welcome the President, Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault quoted Chief Sitting Bull...

"If you have an honest man in Washington - send him my way."

Archambault thanked the president for coming to his home.

And says no other president has worked like President Obama for the welfare of indian country.

Mike Chaussee was in Cannon Ball today and talked with others about what the president's visit means to the Native American community...

A man who served as Standing Rock chairman for two decades before him, just wishes more people were there to see him.

"Only one disappointment I had is that all of our people never really got to see what the president was going to say because there were only limited tickets to his speech," Charles Murphy, Former St. Rock Chairman said.

1,200 invitees.
The ones we talked with were inspired by the visit."I think it's going to inspire the whole community and indian country because this is the first time of an event like this happening. I was riding on the bus down here and I was like, of all places he picked Cannon Ball, North Dakota," BJ Rainbow said.

"He just tells the truth, and that's what we want, is somebody to speak the truth to us instead of closed door sessions," Ron Eagle Chasing said.

President Obama called the youth of indian country sacred, so he met with six of them in the Cannon Ball school, to talk with them about the challenges they face.

"He showed emotion, he related to some of it," Desiree Cameron said.

 "They are really, really important for the future of our tribe, the people, to become something greater than what they think," Kendrick Eagle said.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says this visit is unique.

A rare opportunity for tribes to share their needs with a president.

"Housing, housing, housing - education, education, education - better law enforcement - I mean it's the whole gammit, but you know, this was a beautiful day," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said.

After the president left, Indian Veterans lowered and folded the dozens of flags that were flown to acknowledge the important day.

Each has the name of a veteran killed in action written on it so they will be remembered.

This entire day, will be hard for anyone here to forget.

Mike Chaussee, KX news

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