The First Lady
Michelle Obama Visits Interior Dept.
By Ed O'Keefe
First lady Michelle Obama continued her tour of federal agencies and departments today at the Interior Department, where she announced that President Obama will soon appoint an adviser to senior White House staff on Native American issues.
The new adviser will "work with tribes and across the government on these issues such as sovereignty, health care and education, all central to the well-being of Native American families and the prosperity of tribes," the first lady said. The position would be subject to the normal staffing process and would be filled in the next few weeks, her aides said.
As she has at her previous stops, Obama once again tied the work of the department she was visiting to the president's economic stimulus proposals. Interior's work on energy, environmental and natural resource issues will "help create thousands of jobs through the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that Barack is out there promoting today," she said.
Obama also called out several long-serving Interior staffers seated behind her on stage.
"I also want to acknowledge these wonderful workers. Folks who have been in this department longer than I've been alive. That is amazing," she said.
Posted at 3:25 PM ET on Feb 9, 2009
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