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Tribal conference with Obama highlights gains, needs in Indian Country


WASHINGTON - Arizona college student Blossom Johnson painted a bleak picture Nov. 5 for President Barack Obama of life on the Navajo reservation, describing poverty and a childhood clouded by friends lost to suicide.

"When I go home I don't really have a suitable home, and I don't have running water or electricity," said Johnson, 23, a native of Black Mesa. "I want to know what kind of programs you have to offer Native American communities who have the worst housing and living conditions."


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