Obama to unveil education proposals on American Indian trip

WASHINGTON Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:19pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington June 12, 2014.     REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington June 12, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday will make his first visit to an American Indian reservation since entering the White House on a trip to unveil new measures aimed at boosting education and economic opportunities for indigenous people.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to show the administration's commitment to "upholding our strong and crucial nation-to-nation relationship," the White House said.

During the visit, the couple will meet with tribal leaders and young people before attending a ceremony that honors Native American veterans with dance and song.

The trip is unusual for Obama, who has devoted most of his U.S. travel to highlight programs on the broader economy and other domestic policy priorities. It comes just after Obama announced at the White House that he and his advisers were reviewing options to help Iraq deal with an insurgency.

Obama courted the American Indian vote as a White House candidate in 2008. He became an honorary member of a tribe in Montana, the Crow Nation, and took on a native name: Black Eagle, which means "one who helps all people of this land."

Similar to other domestic trips where he faces protests, Obama may encounter opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from leaders at the reservation. His administration is weighing whether to approve the pipeline from Canada, which is opposed by environmentalists and supported by industry.

“President Obama must reject this pipeline and protect our sacred land and water. The United States needs to respect our treaty rights and say no to Keystone XL,” said Bryan Brewer of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, in a statement.

Since entering office Obama has hosted meetings with tribal leaders every year and proposed a budget increase to support tribal communities. His administration has also settled a series of legal disputes and breaches of trust lawsuits by Indian tribes against the United States.

The initiatives Obama will announce include reforms for the Bureau of Indian Education, efforts to bring high-speed Internet to tribal schools, and training for teachers.

He will also propose ways to ease regulatory hurdles for infrastructure and energy development and initiatives to boost small businesses owned by Native Americans.

The trip is part of an administration push to advance rights for Native Americans.

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to North Dakota to meet with a tribal consultation conference where he spoke of increased prosecutions of crimes against American Indians and expanded outreach to tribes.

Holder has proposed requiring voting districts to place at least one polling site on tribal land within their territory and said action was necessary to improve voting access for American Indians. [ID:nL2N0OQ142]

    The agency's No. 3 official Tony West has also spent the past week in Alaska, meeting with the National Congress of American Indians.

(Additional reporting by Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards; Editing by Caren Bohan and Andrew Hay)

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Thomas12345 wrote:
Thank You, Mr President. Thank you for taking the time to see our Original Peoples, and their honoring of life, through a Celebration. Look and see the lack of “access to cash”. With access to cash, our non-Original Peoples, were able to build homes,own cars, fund education, go on vacations, buy toys, start businesses, fund campaigns to the senate – governors office – mayors, build huge industries that became fortune 500 companies, and basically live a good life with access to cash.

As you look around the Original Peoples land, you will see, NO “ACCESS TO CASH:, the barriers have been written into policy to punish the Original People who refuse to give up the dancing and celebrating life, and their speaking of their language. They have refused to become White Peoples. Instead, they continue to stand as a Proud People, deep deep in their culture, and are punished by white corporate American, by also having no fortune 500 companies being built around and with them.

What a Awesome Day for the World to see. The American’s most Powerful Man, President of the U.S. mingling with the Original Peoples, and doing what White America Government wishes would just disappear if ignored as a Proud Original Peoples.

Change is acoming. White America must come “Face-to-Face” with their decisions to punish the Original People through “no access to cash”, when time value of money says: the real estate of America by square footage was worth X back in 1776, and now sense land does not lose its value and only increases in value, is worth XX in today’s dollars.

Thank you Mr President for coming to the Reservation to give White America the view they wish would just disappear, and see that the Original People need “Access to Cash” to get caught back up with the rest of America. Industrial Revolution was purposely written to by-pass the Original People to punish them until they forgave their Culture and became White.

America can return to its Peace, only through ceremonial harmony with ALL its people.

Your Jesus’s Father or God created the Original People too, remember your sunday school lessons.

God Bless America – Come Enjoy and celebrate life through a Celebration – Peace

Jun 15, 2014 12:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Thomas12345 wrote:
Thank You, Mr President. Thank you for taking the time to see our Original Peoples, and their honoring of life, through a Celebration. Look and see the lack of “access to cash”. With access to cash, our non-Original Peoples, were able to build homes,own cars, fund education, go on vacations, buy toys, start businesses, fund campaigns to the senate – governors office – mayors, build huge industries that became fortune 500 companies, and basically live a good life with access to cash.

As you look around the Original Peoples land, you will see, NO “ACCESS TO CASH:, the barriers have been written into policy to punish the Original People who refuse to give up the dancing and celebrating life, and their speaking of their language. They have refused to become White Peoples. Instead, they continue to stand as a Proud People, deep deep in their culture, and are punished by white corporate American, by also having no fortune 500 companies being built around and with them.

What a Awesome Day for the World to see. The American’s most Powerful Man, President of the U.S. mingling with the Original Peoples, and doing what White America Government wishes would just disappear if ignored as a Proud Original Peoples.

Change is acoming. White America must come “Face-to-Face” with their decisions to punish the Original People through “no access to cash”, when time value of money says: the real estate of America by square footage was worth X back in 1776, and now sense land does not lose its value and only increases in value, is worth XX in today’s dollars.

Thank you Mr President for coming to the Reservation to give White America the view they wish would just disappear, and see that the Original People need “Access to Cash” to get caught back up with the rest of America. Industrial Revolution was purposely written to by-pass the Original People to punish them until they forgave their Culture and became White.

America can return to its Peace, only through ceremonial harmony with ALL its people.

Your Jesus’s Father or God created the Original People too, remember your sunday school lessons.

God Bless America – Come Enjoy and celebrate life through a Celebration – Peace

Jun 15, 2014 12:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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