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President Obama Hosts Conference to Help Improve Relations With Native Americans

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President Obama has been heavily focused on passing an agreement with House Republicans, to avoid the so-called, "Fiscal Cliff."

But today, he took a little break from our country's economic problems, to host the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington.

The President started the conference at the beginning of his presidency, in hopes of improving and expanding the relationship between Native American Leaders and administrative officials.

President Obama signed into law an act that will help authorities fight crime on national reservations.

He says, "These are all important acts, but we've got more work to do.  With domestic violence so prevalent on reservations, we're pushing Congress to restore your power to bring to justice anyone, Indian or Non-Indian, who hurts a woman."

There are more than 500 federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages.

12 of those federally recognized tribes reside here, in Michigan.