- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on Michelle Obama’s remarks to graduating seniors at Santa Fe Indian School (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Michelle Obama has encouraged Native American high school graduates to take pride in their history and cultures at a time when she says the loudest voices in the national conversation suggest turning away from their tribal values.

The first lady’s comments Thursday appeared to touch on political rhetoric that has emerged in the presidential race, and within the GOP, though she did not mention any candidates by name.

Obama, a Democrat, said those voices call for disrespecting others because of who they are, where they come from or how they worship.

Her remarks came during a commencement address at the Santa Fe Indian School.

The school says nearly all of its 2016 graduates have immediate plans for college.

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3:10 p.m.

Michelle Obama is telling Native American high school graduates in New Mexico to remember their tribal history and carry it with them proudly, saying they are “the next generation of community leaders.

The first lady’s remarks came Thursday during a commencement address at the Santa Fe Indian School, where 105 Native American seniors and a crowd of roughly 3,000 family members, supporters and tribal leaders of the graduates crowded the school’s Pueblo Pavilion.

The Santa Fe high school says its academic and cultural curriculum helps students beat the odds, and nearly all of its 2016 graduates have immediate plans for college.

The White House says the first lady’s remarks are a part of an Obama administration initiative aimed at removing “barriers to success” for Native American youth.

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12:30 a.m.

Michelle Obama plans to address 105 Native American high school graduates during a commencement speech that comes as she attempts to spotlight tribal youth in the final months of her husband’s presidency.

The first lady’s commencement address Thursday at the Santa Fe Indian School is part of an Obama initiative aimed at removing “barriers to success” for Native American youth, who the White House says make up the nation’s “most vulnerable population.”

The Santa Fe high school says its academic and cultural curriculum helps students beat the odds, and 95 percent of its 2016 graduates have immediate plans for college.

Coming a month after speaking at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Obama’s Santa Fe commencement addresses will be the second of three she’s giving this spring. Next, she speaks at the City College of New York campus in Harlem.

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