05 November 2009

Pres. Obama Reaches Out to American Indian Tribes

White House Tribal Nations Conference
President Obama; "I know you've heard this song from Washington before. I know you’ve often heard grand promises that sound good but rarely materialize, and each time you are told, this time will be different, but over the last few years I have had a chance to speak with Native American leaders across the county about the challenges you face and those conversations have been deeply important to me. I get it. I am on your side. I understand what it is to be an outsider. I was born to a teenage mother, my father left when I was two years old, leaving her, my mother and my grandparents to raise me. We didn’t have much, we moved around a lot so, even though our experiences are different, I, I understand what it means to be on the outside looking in. I know what it means to feel ignored, and what it means to struggle, so you will not be forgotten as long as I am in this Whitehouse. Working together we are going to make sure that the first Americans along with all Americans, get the opportunities they deserve, so with that if I am not mistaken I am in a position now to start signing the memorandum then we are going to do a little Q & A.



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