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National Briefing / Washington, D.c.

Obama reaches out to Indians

November 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

President Obama assured American Indians that they have a place in his White House and on his agenda, telling tribal leaders their marginalized community deserves more from its government.

"I get it. I'm on your side," Obama told the largest gathering of tribal leaders in U.S. history. He opened a conference that drew leaders from 386 tribal nations -- the first meeting of its kind in 15 years -- and ordered every Cabinet agency to take more steps toward more cooperation.

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