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Obama says he will visit Indian Country

Nov 18, 2013 The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama told Native American leaders Wednesday that he will make his first trip as president to Indian Country next year, expanding on his vow to enhance the bond between the federal and tribal governments.

Obama told the tribal leaders at the fifth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference that the federal government still has work to do to sustain a strong relationship with tribal governments.

He was not specific about is travel plan, but Indian Country generally means parts of the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.

He said that the United States can do more to give tribes more control over their communities and that high rates of poverty among Americans Indian are "a moral call to action."

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