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Before Denali: A Timeline Of Obama's Treatment Of Native Americans


Within his first year in office, President Obama promised Native Americans that “you will not be forgotten as long as I’m in this White House.” More so than many previous presidents, he’s actually followed through on that pledge.

The latest reminder came Monday when Obama issued an executive order to restore the name of the United States’ tallest mountain to Denali, which was widely seen as a sign of respect to Native Americans.

A handful of other Presidents have made notable gestures to improve Native American relations and atone for the U.S.’s historic crimes. Ulysses S. Grant became one of the first leaders to even acknowledge them as “the original occupants of this land.” Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal included the Indian Reorganization Act, which ended the sale of tribal lands. Richard Nixon, with the aid of this Mohawk leader of Indian Affairs, created initiatives to grow tribal governments and economies. And Bill Clinton hired Native Americans for administration positions and held summits with tribal leaders.


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