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President Obama to visit North Dakota reservation next month

Crow Chairman Carl Venne introduces Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) at a rally on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Robert Old Horn is on the left. May 19, 2008

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) visited the Crow Reservation in Montana. File Photo © Lise King/The Native Voice

President Barack Obama will visit Indian Country next month, fulfilling a promise he made during the White House Tribal Nations Conference late last year.

Obama plans to visit a reservation in North Dakota. The exact place hasn't been announced but tribal leaders are already extending the welcome mat.

“It’d be great if he could hit all five reservations,” Patrick Marcellais, the secretary and treasurer for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, told The Grand Forks Herald.

Obama's Indian policy adviser, Jodi Gillette, is from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Parts of that reservation are in North Dakota.

During the presidential campaign in 2008, Obama visited the Crow Reservation in Montana. Since winning the election, he has met with tribal leader during the annual White House Conference.

The last president to visit Indian Country while in office was Bill Clinton. He went to the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1999 and the Navajo Nation in 2000.

Get the Story:
Obama plans trip to Indian reservation, officials say (The Washington Post 5/24)
President Obama planning visit to unspecified N.D. reservation; tribal leaders say they'd welcome him (The Grand Forks Herald 5/24)

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