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Jun 13, 2014 6:27 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Obama's 1st visit to Indian Country as president

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is making his first visit to Indian Country as president for an in-person look at the often bleak conditions on tribal lands.

The president and first lady are scheduled to visit Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Friday during an annual event known as the Flag Day Celebration. The reservation straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota. About 1,000 residents there struggle with a lack of housing, health care and education, among other problems familiar on reservations nationwide.

Obama pledged to help improve conditions in Indian Country when he was running for president. The White House says he will recognize that more work needs to be done and outline steps to improve Native American education and economic conditions.

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