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US Making Progress on Native American Issues: Obama

At a news conference, Obama was presented with a conical hat and a red-and-black blanket

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    Mohegan Chief Lynn Malerba (left) and Brian Cladoosby, right, president of National Congress of American Indians, cover President Barack Obama with a blanket at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington.

    President Barack Obama says the U.S. has made significant progress improving conditions for Native Americans but has more work to do.

    Obama is speaking to the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Obama started the annual conference and has hosted it each year of his presidency.

    The president is highlighting his administration's efforts to protect sacred lands and restore lands to tribal owners. He says the U.S. has improved jobs and education for Native Americans and strengthened the sovereignty of tribal nations.

    Obama says the U.S. must redouble efforts to ensure that every federal agency consults with tribal nations and works with them "sovereign to sovereign."

    Obama was presented with a conical hat and a red-and-black blanket that was draped over his shoulders in appreciation.