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Obama gives Akaka props at Tribal Nations Conference

Wed, December 5, 2012

Washington, D.C. -- At the closing session of the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference today, President Barack Obama gave a "shout out" to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka who was attending the conference as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. 

"I want to give a special shout-out to Senator Danny Akaka, who has been such a tireless advocate for Native Americans throughout his career," President Obama said to applause.  "You know that Danny is going to be retiring this year, and he?s such a great friend.  And as a Hawaiian boy, I?ve got to give him a little special props.  (Laughter.)"

Senator Akaka retires in January after 36 years in Congress.  Today's event was held at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

(Senator Akaka is mentioned about 25 seconds into the video.) 


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