President Obama Travels to Standing Rock Reservation In ND

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making his first presidential visit to Indian Country Friday 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.

The president and first lady are scheduled to watch native songs and dances at the Flag Day Celebration at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota. The couple also will talk privately with tribal youth about their challenges growing up on the reservation that was home to legendary tribal chief Sitting Bull.

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69 Responses to President Obama Travels to Standing Rock Reservation In ND

  1. Ametia says:

    A view of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Photo from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

  2. Ametia says:

    Ok, I’m just getting in from work and a long walk. These photos are FAB-U-LOUS!

  3. President Obama :”There’s no denying that the deck has been stacked against many generations. That’s the case for Native Americans” #PrezRezVisit

  4. President Obama: “My administration is determined to partner with tribes. It’s not something that happens once in a while. It happens everyday”

  5. My emotions exploded. Trying to get myself together. #PrezRezVisit

  6. God, I am so emotional right now. Can’t stop my tears. #PrezRezVisit

  7. I have tears. #PrezRezVisit

  8. Here comes Potus & Flotus! Whoo Hoo!

  9. I’m wondering what will come out of the emcee’s mouth next? He’s hilarious. LOL

  10. Enjoying the Flag Day Celebration at Sioux Nation. Beautiful!

  11. NCAI applauds Obama’s visit to Indian Country

    WASHINGTON – Officials with the National Congress of American Indians applauded President Obama for upholding his ongoing commitment to tribal nations and Native peoples by travelling on June 13 to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

    According to a NCAI press release, since taking office Obama has remained steadfast in honoring nation-to-nation relationships. “Obama has kept his commitment to host the annual White House Tribal Nations Summit in Washington D.C.,” it states. “These summits have facilitated unprecedented engagement between tribal leaders and the President and members of his Cabinet.”

    At the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Summit, Obama announced he would visit Indian Country – a longtime priority of tribal leaders. The June 13 visit to Standing Rock fulfills that promise.

    “This historic visit is the first by a sitting president in over 15 years and makes President Obama only the fourth president in history to ever visit Indian Country,” the NCAI release states.

    NCAI officials said they expected Obama to address the economic development needs of tribal nations and the needs of Native youth.

  12. Obama guidance & press schedule June 13, 2014. Sioux Nation

    While in North Dakota, the President and First Lady will participate in a roundtable discussion with Native American Youth. This roundtable is closed press.

    Following this, the President and First Lady will attend the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration, during which the President will deliver remarks. There will be travel pool coverage of this event, and it will be streamed live at http:/

  13. Ametia says:

    This is a much needed trip by a sitting American POTUS. I’m so looking forward to hearing PBO speak and see photos of this important trip.

  14. Sitting Bull Quote: I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by his will I am chief.

  15. sitting-bull-1419Sitting Bull was a medicine man, or holy man, of the Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), who were being driven from their land in the Black Hills. He took up arms against the white man, refusing to be transported to the Indian Territory. Under his leadership as a war chief, the Lakota tribes united in their struggle for survival on the northern plains.

    Sitting Bull was born on the Grand River in present-day South Dakota in 1831. His father bore the name Sitting Bull, and his mother was named Her-Holy-Door. When he was born, his parents named him Jumping Badger.

    As a little boy, Jumping Badger, there was nothing remarkable to set him apart from other children of his tribe. His nickname was Hunkesi, meaning, “Slow,” because he never hurried and did everything with care.

    At an early age, however, the boy distinguished himself as a leader. On his first hunt at the age of 10, Jumping Badger killed his first buffalo. He gave the meat away to elders who were unable to hunt for themselves.

    Following the hunt, Jumping Badger set out on his first vision quest. When the lad was just 14, his father gave him a coup stick, a slender wand with which he could gain prestige by touching or striking an enemy in battle. He joined his first war party against the Crow, anxious for a chance to prove himself at that tender age.

  16. I am so excited to see this. I have goosebumps.

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