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Friday, March 27, 2009

First Lady: POTUS will create
Native American Affairs Adviser

ABC News' Yunji de Nies, Lisa Chinn and Jen Duck report:
First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Department of Interior, the first time a First Lady has visited the agency in over 12 years. The agency is responsible for millions of acres of parks and public land, protecting endangered species, and managing America's oil and natural gas resources. It is made up of eight bureaus, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That bureau got special attention in Mrs. Obama's speech today, when announced that her husband will create a new position to advise on Native American Affairs.
"Barack has pledged to honor the unique government-to-government relationship between tribes and the federal government," she said. "And he'll soon appoint a policy advisor to his senior White House staff to work with tribes and across the government on these issues such as sovereignty, health care, education -- all central to the well-being of Native American families and the prosperity of tribes all across this country."
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