CANNON BALL, N.D. – President Barack Obama on Friday became the third U.S. sitting president in eight decades to set foot in Indian Country, encountering the wonder of Native American culture and the struggle of tribal life on a breeze-whipped afternoon on the prairie.
Amid snapping flags and colorful, befeathered dancers, he declared the U.S. could do more to help Native Americans.
Obama drew attention to inroads his administration has made with tribes even as he promoted the need to help reservations create jobs, strengthen justice and improve health and education.
Young people should be able to live, and work, and raise a family right here in the land of your fathers and mothers, Obama told a crowd of about 1,800 during a Flag Day celebration at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday that it would make $70 million available to improve tribal housing conditions, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell promoted a plan to overhaul the Bureau of Indian Education.