Suzette Brewer
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II on the President's historic visit to Indian country.

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Indian Country in Historic Visit

Suzette Brewer

The president went on to advocate for strengthening the justice system for tribal communities, improving schools and preserving Native languages for Indian children.

"Michelle and I know what it feels like sometimes to go through tough times," said Obama, who was raised by a single mother and his grandparents. "We grew up at times feeling like we were on the outside looking in.  But thanks to family and friends, and teachers and coaches and neighbors that didn’t give up on us, we didn’t give up on ourselves. Just like these young people are not giving up on themselves.  And we want every young person in America to have the same chance that we had—and that includes the boys and girls here in Indian Country."

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After his remarks, the President and First Lady greeted and spoke briefly with children and tribal members in the center of the arena before leaving by helicopter for Bismarck, from which Air Force One flew directly to Palm Springs, California.


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