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Obama: Much more needed to help Native Americans

By Nedra Pickler

Associated Press

Published: Friday, June 13 2014 5:16 p.m. MDT

A Native American dancer creates a selfie with President Barack Obama and Chairman if the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe David Archambault, left, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation Friday, June 13, 2014, photo in Cannon Ball, N.D. President Obama is making his first presidential visit to Indian Country for a look at two sides of Native American life, a celebration of colorful cultural traditions on the powwow grounds and a view of the often bleak modern-day conditions on tribal lands.

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press

CANNON BALL, N.D. — President Barack Obama says the relationship between the U.S. government and tribal nations is stronger today than ever. But he says there's much more to do to help Native Americans.

Obama is attending a powwow on a Native American reservation in North Dakota. It's his first visit to Indian Country as president.

Obama is promoting the need to help reservations create jobs, strengthen justice, and improve health and education.

He says young people should be able to live, work and raise a family on the land of their fathers and mothers.

Obama says the deck has been stacked against many Native Americans. But he says if the government does its part, it can break the cycle. He says that requires an investment from all parts of society.

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