Obama vows to work with tribal leaders to brighten prospects for Native Americans

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On his first visit to Indian country while in office, President Obama on Friday vowed that his administration will continue to work with tribal leaders to ensure Native Americans have the same opportunities as the rest of the nation.

During a brief address at the Standing Rock Tribe’s Flag Day celebration in Cannon Ball, N.D., the president said he and first lady Michelle Obama understand the struggles Native Americans, particularly children, can face.

“Some bright young people like the ones we met today might look around sometimes and wonder if the United States really is thinking about them and caring about them and has a place for them too,” Mr. Obama said. “We grew up at times feeling like we were on the outside looking in. But thanks to family and friends, teachers and coaches and neighbors that didn’t give up on us, we didn’t give up on ourselves either, just like these young people are not giving up on themselves. We want every young person in America to have the same chance we had and that includes the boys and girls here in Indian country.”

Mr. Obama also touted the Affordable Care Act for providing health insurance coverage to Native Americans, and his administration’s close work with tribal leaders to improve education on reservations across the country.

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