White House » President will appoint adviser to work with tribes, first lady says.
First Lady Michelle Obama told employees at the Interior Department on Monday that American Indians have a "wonderful partner in the White House right now," and her husband plans to improve that relationship even more.
"He'll soon appoint a policy adviser 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," the first lady said.
President Obama vowed on the campaign trail that he would name a senior adviser to work as a liaison for American-Indians affairs, as well as hold an annual summit at the White House with tribal leaders.
The president will soon name a White House advisor to work with tribes on issues central to the well-being and prosperity of Native Americans, First Lady Michelle Obama says.
Nedra Darling, director of public affairs for Interior and a spokeswoman for the office of the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, draped the shawl over Obama's shoulders.
Washington is "a hard place to live and work," said Darling, a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi tribe from a reservation north of Topeka, Kan.
She said the song and shawl will give the first lady "strength and courage and duration through her tenure and beyond."