President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Each year, President Obama hosts a White House Tribal Nations Conference here in Washington, DC. The goal is to give leaders from America's federally-recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with members of the Obama administration, including the President. And while yesterday, administration officials, including eight Cabinet members, discussed programs and initiatives that affect Native American communities, President Obama began his remarks with a more personal message . He used the event to remember Sonny Black Eagle — the Crow National tribal leader who adopted the President in 2008. Black Eagle passed away in his sleep last month. He was 78. The President celebrated what he called Sonny Black Eagle's “remarkable life.” read more

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