In just one week, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will make a stop in North Dakota. The President and First Lady will head to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to see first-hand the rich Native American culture in North Dakota.
But, the trip will also highlight some of the challenges many Native American families face. High rates of poverty, suicide and abuse, and a lack of housing, are just a few of those issues.
“The President and I don't always agree on everything, but we definitely share a passion for this issue. I'm equally excited about the First Lady, because I think that sends a message that they are interested in listening to Indian families, what are their challenges, and listening to Indian children, what are their challenges, and how can we provide a better outcome?” says Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
It'll be the first time a sitting president has visited Indian Country since Bill Clinton visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1999.