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North Dakota Tribe Ready for Visit from President Obama

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There's a lot of excitement surrounding President Obama's visit to North Dakota on Friday but Tribal Officials say it's more than a simple visit from the Commander in Chief-- It's also an opportunity for change.
"Got this whole community, you know, pretty stoked about it," says Lyle Uses Arrow, Resident of Cannon Ball, ND.
 
Cannon Ball, North Dakota is already buzzing as President Obama's helicopter fleet surveys the area in preparation for his arrival on Friday.
 
"This is something that, you know, in my lifetime is probably never going to happen again, ever, you know? And probably not even my kids' lifetime either so I'm pretty excited about it man, I'm pretty excited about it," says Uses Arrow.
 
Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault also shares in the anticipation.
 
"You can feel the momentum and you can feel the excitement with all the people that are around. It's been really fun," says Dave Archambault, Tribal Chairman.
 
Fun, but he says, also overwhelming.
 
He says a visit from the President gives Standing Rock tribal members a chance to voice their hardships from the past.  And a need for improvement.
 
"What happens with our children when the responsibility has been broken so we need to try and come together to find a better solution, a better place for their environment so they can be productive human beings within our communities," says Archambault.
 
"I'm proud that the President is coming here. My only bad feeling is that when America has 16 percent unemployment rate, people howl. But it's okay to have 85 percent unemployment in Indian Country and all the broken treaties that we fight so honorably to preserve and protect still go unresolved."
 
Archambault says he hopes President Obama leaves with an understanding that there is a reality that exists in Indian Country but that there's also a beautiful culture and a beautiful nation.
 
"I want him to have a meaningful experience so that he can take back with him and possibly look at policies that could help tribes resolve some of these broken treaties or broken promises and move forward," says Archambault.
 
Archambault looks at the good the President's visit will bring.
 
He says it may not solve everything, but it may bring hope to Indian Country.
 
Archambault wants to stress that they're giving out a limited number of tickets to tribal members for the Flag Day Celebration.
 
If you do not have a ticket prior to the event, you will not be able to attend until after the President leaves the area.
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