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With blanket ceremony, American Indians give Obama a warm embrace


WASHINGTON — President Obama donned a Native American hat and blanket at his eighth and final White House Tribal Nations conference, symbolically wrapping himself in the mantle of what one tribal leader has called the "first American Indian president."

"To blanket is to remember those we honor, those we lost, and those who are going to build our futures," said National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby before wrapping Obama in a black-and-red blanket named, "Rhythm of the Land."

Obama, grinning, called the blanketing ceremony "an amazing honor."


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