- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - Native American song and dance ceremonies have begun in the North Dakota town of Cannon Ball where President Barack Obama will be visiting Friday afternoon.

Obama is visiting the Standing Rock Reservation straddling North Dakota and South Dakota to get a firsthand look at culture and also the problems there. The trip marks Obama’s first presidential visit to Indian Country.

Obama is only the third sitting president to come into Indian Country in almost 80 years. In 2008, then-candidate Obama pledged to expand health services, improve education, combat methamphetamine dealers, promote economic development and improve housing on reservations.

Some Standing Rock residents say many of those promises have yet to be met.

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