President Obama with children at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in June 2014
Published August 17, 2016
FORT YAKES, NORTH DAKOTA – When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in June 2014, Standing Rock Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault did not ask the president for anything. Instead he wanted the president to view for himself the living conditions of the people residing on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
President Obama and First Lady visited with some youth prior to going to a powwow on that hot Friday afternoon. President Obama was touched by the stories he heard that day. He went back to Washington, D.C. and instructed his cabinet to work harder on behalf of American Indians in the United States.
Protesting at Dakota Access pipeline construction site, August 16, 2016. Photo by Red Dawn Foster
Now, with the Dakota Access Pipeline posing a serious threat to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Chairman Archambault said during a press conference on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, he has asked the White House to intervene.
“I asked that if there is anything President Obama can to do intervene, please do it,” Archambault told reporters when asked by Native News Online during the question/answer period of the press conference.