U.S. President Barack Obama addresses his eighth and final Tribal Nations Conference at the White House, says ''I hope I've set a direction that others will follow.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama hosted his last and final Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, where he was draped in traditional Native American regalia by attendees. The Conference assembled together leaders of more than 560 Native American tribes to discuss the environment and a range of other issues, even as one of the largest Native American protests in decades continues in North Dakota. Thousands of Native Americans, along with environmentalists, are encamped on the North Dakota prairie to demonstrate against a $3.7 billion oil pipeline they say threatens the water supply and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux. "We've made a lot of progress for Indian country over the past eight years, and this moment highlights why it's so important that we re-double our efforts to make sure that every federal agency truly consults and listens and works with you sovereign to sovereign," Obama said. He has not publicly commented on the pipeline since the Justice Department, Interior Department and the U.S. Army made a surprise move on Sept. 9 to temporarily block construction of the pipeline. At that time, the administration called for "a serious discussion" about how the tribes are consulted by the government in decisions on major infrastructure projects.