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A Historic Day At The White House

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering. She told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason”

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Brooke Overture, of the Navajo Nation and from Window Rock, Ariz., listens to first lady Michelle Obama speak at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Brooke Overturf, of the Navajo Nation from Window Rock, Arizona, listens to First Lady Michelle Obama speak

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Michele Richinick: Michelle Obama to Native American Youth: The Country Needs You

More than 1,000 Native American children gathered Thursday for the first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama called them precious and sacred members of society. “Each of you was put on this Earth for a reason. Each of you has something that you’re destined to do, whether that’s raising a beautiful family, whether that’s succeeding in a profession or leading your community into a better future,” she said. “You all have a role to play and we need you.” The first lady touched upon the historical struggles of Native Americans: being forced from lands they had lived on for generations, requiring young people to attend boarding schools designed to strip them of their cultural traditions and outlawing their religions and traditional ceremonies. She urged the individuals to learn about their elected officials, and run for local, state or federal office if they aren’t satisfied with their current efforts. “Make no mistake about it, your customs, your values, your discoveries are at the heart of the American story,” she told the crowd. “And yet, as we all know, America hasn’t always treated your people and your heritage with dignity and respect.”

Deandra Antonio, 17, of Whiteriver, Ariz., center, who is on the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, is greeted by first lady Michelle Obama, left, after the first lady spoke at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.”  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The meeting was part of President Barack Obama’s vow to remove barriers that make it hard for Native American children to succeed. The children came from 230 tribes in 42 states to attend the inaugural summit and meet with the first lady, cabinet officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. They planned to discuss issues ranging from cultural protection and revitalization, to tribal justice and economic opportunity. Along with the meeting on Thursday, the White House announced several commitments aimed at ensuring Native children can thrive. DOI will issue $995,000 to be distributed to 20 tribal colleges and universities, and will award seven tribal applicants a total of $1.45 million in new funding to build their tribal education departments. And in September, there will be a second Native Languages Summit to identify ways to preserve and revitalize Native languages.

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Wearing traditional regalia Little Bear Johnson, 20, a member of the Kickapoo Nation, who is from Shawnee, Okla., dances to a pop song during a break in programming before the arrival of first lady Michelle Obama to speak to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Wearing traditional regalia Little Bear Johnson, a member of the Kickapoo Nation, who is from Shawnee, Oklahoma, dances to a pop song

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  Mrs. Obama told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.”  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gusccavedo Harrison, right, of the Navajo Nation who is from Chinle, Ariz., cheers as first lady Michelle Obama mentions the Navajo as being among the Nations present as she speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gusccavedo Harrison of the Navajo Nation who is from Chinle, Arizona, cheers as First Lady Michelle Obama mentions the Navajo as being among the Nations present as she speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering

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Brooke Overturf, of the Navajo Nation from Window Rock, Ariz., listens to first lady Michelle Obama speak at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Shasta Dazen, 21, center, of Whiteriver, Ariz., who is the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona, and Deandra Antonio, 17, right, both of the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, vie for a glimpse of first lady Michelle Obama, after she spoke at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington.  First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youth that they are all precious and sacred and that “each of you was put on this earth for a reason.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Shasta Dazen of Whiteriver, Arizona, who is the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona, and Deandra Antonio, right, both of the White Mountain Apache Nation and who serve on the White Mountain Apache youth council, take pictures of First Lady Michelle Obama


67 Responses to “A Historic Day At The White House”


  1. 3 amk for obama
    July 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    FURST.

    And out.

  2. 4 Dudette
    July 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Well hello dere!

  3. July 9, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    • July 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

  4. 7 Dudette
    July 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Dragging this from previous thread…

    ❤️

  5. 8 Dudette
    July 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    … and this

  6. 9 Dudette
    July 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm

  7. July 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm

  8. 11 Dudette
    July 9, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    • 12 Dudette
      July 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm

  9. July 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I was so excited when this was released

    but this is what happens when AMK is part of your R&D…smh

  10. 14 vcprezofan2
    July 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you for this recap NerdyW. I knew this was going on today but these are the first pics I’ve seen.

  11. 16 Dudette
    July 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm

  12. 17 Dudette
    July 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm

  13. July 9, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    This is has to be some form of karmic justice….freaking cowards 😆 😆

    “Become Trump’s campaign manager”

    • 19 0388jojothecat
      July 10, 2015 at 12:14 am

      How would that work? Donald Trump runs as an Independent and Bernie Sanders IS an Independent running as a Democrat…..

      • July 10, 2015 at 5:37 am

        why does everyone say the Sanders is running as a democrat…he would have to change his party affiliation to be on the ballot in many states….tired of Sanders …HClinton….and O’Malley running the record of the President as if there is a GOPer in the WH….

  14. July 9, 2015 at 11:01 pm

  15. July 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Before I forget….great recap, NW! I’m sure all those who are busy during the day truly appreciate your diligence in putting together these threads 🙂

  16. July 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Will this dream turn into a reality….if we thought the GOP was already a clown car full of idiots!!!

  17. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    July 9, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I’ve only watched Anderson Cooper on CNN for 10 minutes, so maybe he did cover it, but I doubt it. The Trump rant (which they call an interview) is their new balloon boy, ebola, plane crash, etc., rolled into one.

    • 29 desertflower
      July 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      See my comment right below yours…our own local news can’t cover this….Navajo, Hopi…so many Native Americans here…not a mention.

      • 30 jacquelineoboomer
        July 9, 2015 at 11:52 pm

        Sickening. Beyond sickening.

        • 31 desertflower
          July 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

          Well, it certainly shows that they aren’t really important enough….not doing this story told those of us paying attention, all we needed to know.

          • 32 jacquelineoboomer
            July 10, 2015 at 12:04 am

            We are the ones we’ve been waiting for (which I believe is from the Hopi).

            And I’ll borrow and mix up another quote, with good intentions:

            There’s an endless supply of (war) paint.

  18. 33 desertflower
    July 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    So, we see what happened at the White House today with Generation Indigenous….The largest Native American tribe in America is the Navajo Nation in AZ…NOT ONE LOCAL NEWS OUTLET HERE HAD THIS ON THEIR SITE. Not one!!! This is really, really awful. The state of journalism is a mess. Shame on them.

    Jan Brewer really is off her meds. She’s a mess.

  19. 34 sjterrid
    July 9, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for posting this, NW. I was looking forward to seeing the coverage I knew you would provide.

    • 35 Nerdy Wonka
      July 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you, sjterrid.

      • July 10, 2015 at 6:09 am

        We all know the state of the media….it is so important to understand that the fate of people of color is not important to them..unless we are acting in a criminal way..this is why your posting of this day is so important…because Native American Lives Matter….I pray that we can keep moving Forward….thank you so much for work that do that keeps us moving Forward!!!

  20. 38 desertflower
    July 10, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Night all.

  21. 39 amk for obama
    July 10, 2015 at 12:05 am

    desis in semis. 😎

  22. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Whoa. Not sure if this is real, but …

    • 41 susanne
      July 10, 2015 at 1:07 am

      this has been on my mind since trump made his imbecilic comments: he probably eats in restaurants a lot. who does he think is in the back, cooking his food? sons of the confederacy? whether or not the photo with this tweet is current and actually the staff in phoenix, the point it well made. trump has made enemies, and not just in politics.

      • 42 jacquelineoboomer
        July 10, 2015 at 1:17 am

        So true. (I shouldn’t, but I’m still laughing at your *sons of the confederacy* point!)

    • 43 globalcitizenlinda
      July 10, 2015 at 1:08 am

      Commonly-accepted rule: never annoy the people who prepare and serve your meals

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      July 10, 2015 at 1:13 am

      • 46 99ts
        July 10, 2015 at 2:56 am

        Could not agree more JoB – and as I learned during my working life – always be friends with the office cleaning staff.

        Do hope things are still going well for your son. I haven’t been around TOD much – but thinking of you this past week.

        • 47 jacquelineoboomer
          July 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

          Thanks so much, 99ts. Things are progressing for him – follow-up doctors’ appts. next week, so appreciate the good thoughts, in the meantime.

      • 48 globalcitizenlinda
        July 10, 2015 at 6:56 am

        I totally agree with this tweet

  23. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2015 at 1:26 am

    This is fabulous.

  24. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2015 at 1:37 am

    No wonder Trump’s losing so much business. Turns out he pretty much owns the country. Or so he thinks. Oh, and, if we could go after racism and poverty and lack of health care, like businesses and state governments are trying to go after Trump, we’d be working toward that “more perfect union,” instead of wasting time with this embarrassment.

  25. July 10, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Reality ….

    The stage is set.

    The contrast could not be more stark

    VP Biden vs the ABSOLUTE EMBODIMENT of #KLEPTOCRATIC EVIL

    RUN JOE RUN

    YES WE CAN

    good night TOD

  26. 57 FoxfireTX
    July 10, 2015 at 2:09 am

    THANK YOU NW for this beautiful post. I simply cannot comprehend what we are going to do when the Obamas no longer occupy the WH.

  27. 60 99ts
    July 10, 2015 at 2:52 am

    What an amazing POTUS and FLOTUS – they never cease doing the most wonderful things – thank you NW for this post.

  28. 62 globalcitizenlinda
    July 10, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Good Morning Everybody!


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