As Obama Visits Indian Reservation, Past U.S. Betrayals Loom

"CANNON BALL, N.D. — This isolated town nestled in the undulating prairie of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation is so small, its only formal sign is a boulder spray-painted with 'C. Ball.' But Friday afternoon, it briefly became the center of the American political world when President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited.

It was Obama’s first stop as president on an Indian reservation, where he touted the strides his administration has made with Native Americans, unveiled new tribal education and economic measures, and touched on the difficult work that remains to pull many Indians out of crippling poverty and endemic unemployment.

'My administration is determined to partner with tribes,' Obama said. 'It takes place every day on just about every issue that touches your lives.'"

Katie Zezima reports for the Washinton Post June 13, 2014.

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