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Obama makes first visit as president to 'Indian Country'

Published on Jun 14, 2014 12:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Barack Obama left Washington on Friday for his first visit as president to a Native American reservation, as he seeks to fulfill what he has called America's "broken promises" to Indian Country.

The president, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, will pay a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, the tribe of Sitting Bull, the Indian chief famous for his brave exploits in the Battle of Little Bighorn.

In an op-ed that appeared in a Native American newspaper last week, Obama vowed to redouble his administration's efforts to improve employment, education and self-determination in Native American communities.

"As I've said before, the history of the United States and tribal nations is filled with broken promises," Obama wrote.

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