Obama details help for American Indian tribes

Washington (AP) December 2010

President Barack Obama has told Native American leaders that he’s working hard to help them meet the challenges facing tribal nations.

The president described his efforts on their behalf at a conference of tribal nations last week attended by more than 500 people representing 320-plus tribes.

He says those efforts include creating jobs, building roads on reservations, improving education and providing better health care.

Obama says his administration’s efforts will make “a huge difference.”

The president also recalled that the Crow nation has given him the name “One who helps people throughout the land.” And he joked that his wife, Michelle, says his name should be “One who isn’t picking up his shoes and socks.”