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Blackfeet Nation students enjoy surprise visit by Michelle Obama

Blackfeet Nation youth with former First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo: Amy Conrey Andreas

Youth from the Blackfeet Nation got a surprise visit from former First Lady Michelle Obama during a recent trip to Washington, D.C.,

The nine students from Browning High School in Montana spent a week in the nation's capital as part of cultural exchange with the Sidwell Friends School in D.C., The Great Falls Tribune reported. Obama's daughter attends Sidwell and happened to be on campus when the Blackfeet youth were there, the paper said.

“Mostly what I took away was to ask for things if you want them,” senior Dylan RunningCrane told the paper of the surprise encounter. “Kids on the reservation are never taught that. If you want something, you have to ask.”

The cultural exchange was arranged after Gyasi Ross, a Blackfeet activist who has visited Sidwell, sought a way to connect youth from the reservation with their counterparts in D.C.

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