UPDATED: Watch live coverage of presidential visit to Standing Rock
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have arrived for their historic visit to North Dakota's Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where they're meeting with young people before attending the tribe's annual Flag Day Celebration Wacipi in Cannon Ball, N.D.
The Obamas arrived aboard Air Force One in Bismarck, and then flew on Marine One to the reservation, where they arrived at 2:49 p.m. Then the Obamas went to Cannonball Elementary School, where the President and First Lady are participating in a roundtable with American Indian youth. The roundtable, which is closed to the press, is designed so the Obamas can hear from youth about "the challenges they face, what it's like to grow up in Indian Country, and their aspirations for the future," according to information provided by the White House.
Watch live coverage from Obama's visit to Cannon Ball, N.D., here through the White House stream. The stream includes dancing and commentary from the powwow.
The powwow, in its 41st year, is held during the week of Flag Day. The celebration reaches its pinnacle with a flagraising ceremony honoring tribal members who have served in the military. Names of fallen soldiers are read aloud as American flags that once were draped over their caskets are raised and flown on the powwow grounds — nearly 80 flags in all, limited only by the number of flagpoles.
The three-day Cannon Ball powwow normally draws about 500 to 600 people to the community of 800 to 900, Allard said. The 58-year-old fondly remembers it being among the region’s biggest powwows during her childhood.
Limited media access is available for the President's visit, but the Herald and Forum News Service both are members of a pool granted credentials to cover the events. WDAY/WDAZ TV also plans a live stream here from Bismarck and Cannon Ball, where the President will be meeting with tribal leaders from across the state.
According to the White House, President Obama and the First Lady lifted off for North Dakota at 11:15 a.m. CST. At 2:13 p.m., Air Force One landed in Bismarck. Obama and the First Lady descended from the plane, where dignataries awaited to greet the couple. Gov. Jack Dalrymple greeted the President, who then gave a hearty handshake and hug to former Sen. Kent Conrad. The Obamas boarded Marine One and were airborn at 2:30 p.m.
Before leaving Washington today, the President announced he would not support sending combat troops into Iraq to address a military insurgency.