In his first presidential trip to Indian country, President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to work with tribal nations to ensure that Native Americans have economic and educational opportunities.
"My administration is determined to partner with tribes, and it's not something that happens just once in a while," the president said during a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation in North Dakota. He added that the relationship between Washington and tribal nations is stronger than ever.
Mr. Obama highlighted efforts to expand opportunity among Native Americans while noting that much work remains to be done. The administration is rolling out more than a dozen modest steps designed to improve the Bureau of Indian Education, boost the academic achievement of Native American students and support economic development in tribal communities.