Santa Fe Indian HS Commencement 2016

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April 4, 2016

SFIS Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama as Commencement Speaker

Santa Fe, New Mexico – As part of the White House Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative, The First Lady will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016 at Santa Fe Indian School. Gen-I works to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue and programs to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Last year, the First Lady addressed the White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC.

Originally founded in 1890, as a Federal off-reservation boarding school, the Santa Fe Indian School is currently owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Recently honored as a National Association Secondary School Breaking the Ranks Showcase School, SFIS is a leader in Native American education and proud of its history to educate the next generation of tribal leadership. Graduates of SFIS participate in the culture of their communities and will have the skills to pursue the education and careers that will benefit them, their families, and their people. For the past five years, SFIS has had an average graduation rate of 98%, and over 90% of this year’s graduating class plan to pursue a post-secondary degree.

For more: http://www.sfis.k12.nm.us/news/detail/sfis_welcomes_first_lady_michelle_obama_as_commencement_speaker

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First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Thursday, May 26th @ 3:00 PM ET
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  1. WH

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address for the Santa Fe Indian High School Commencement 2016
    Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    3:45 PM
    Vice President Biden Participates in a Roundtable Discussion on Cancer
    New York, NY

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    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the Intrepid’s Salute to Freedom 25th Anniversary Gala
    New York, NY

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    President Obama attends a G7 welcome ceremony
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    8:00 PM
    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 session on energy and climate
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

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    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working lunch
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

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    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 family photo
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    11;00 PM
    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working dinner
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

  2. Santa Fe Indian High School Commencement 2016

    April 4, 2016

    SFIS Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama as Commencement Speaker

    Santa Fe, New Mexico – As part of the White House Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative, The First Lady will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016 at Santa Fe Indian School. Gen-I works to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue and programs to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Last year, the First Lady addressed the White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC.

    Originally founded in 1890, as a Federal off-reservation boarding school, the Santa Fe Indian School is currently owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Recently honored as a National Association Secondary School Breaking the Ranks Showcase School, SFIS is a leader in Native American education and proud of its history to educate the next generation of tribal leadership. Graduates of SFIS participate in the culture of their communities and will have the skills to pursue the education and careers that will benefit them, their families, and their people. For the past five years, SFIS has had an average graduation rate of 98%, and over 90% of this year’s graduating class plan to pursue a post-secondary degree.

    For more: http://www.sfis.k12.nm.us/news/detail/sfis_welcomes_first_lady_michelle_obama_as_commencement_speaker

    • Santa Fe Indian School Prepares for FLOTUS Visit

      5/19/16 Frances Madeson – indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

      Santa Fe Indian School Principal Dr. Felisa Gulibert was searching for just the right words to convey her school’s response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s acceptance of their invitation to address the 2016 graduating class on May 26. “Elation,” she finally said, “leavened with gratitude. The First Lady’s presence and her message will have an indelible, historical, and profound impact upon the future of these graduates and the rest of our Native American youths.”

      As much as possible under the extraordinary circumstances, the school is working to make this a graduation much like any other. “Our focus is on the graduates,” explained Kimball Sekaquaptewa, who is coordinating the media participation. “This day is for them.” Each of the 106 graduates will have 17 or 18 tickets to distribute to family and friends; it is expected that every one of the 2,660 seats in the Pueblo Pavilion will be filled. All 19 governors of the pueblos who own and operate the school will be there in traditional dress to shake the hands of each and every graduate. There will be the usual Native dancing, after which the students will change into their caps and gowns. There will be a traditional feast beforehand, not after, to accommodate Mrs. Obama’s schedule. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian have not yet been selected, testing is ongoing; but they will each have 15 minutes to address their fellow classmates and wider community.

      “Our ceremonies are long,” laughed educator Cree Abeyta, an alumna with deep ties to the school. Her uncle, Joseph Abeyta, played an instrumental role in the school’s founding, and her father was a teacher and coach. “After college at the University of New Mexico, I returned to Santa Fe Indian School. This is part of our core values, giving back to our community.”

      Ms. Abeyta has primarily approached this opportunity as a “teachable moment,” or moments. The first was about faith. “This is an example that dreams can come true; if you follow your heart, it can happen. Because Mrs. Obama has said yes instead of no, everything has changed.”

      The second was to acknowledge this event’s significance as a further step along the road to genuine mutual respect between the U.S. federal government and Indian country. Beyond even the First Lady’s April 2015 speech, in which she recounted what she termed “a long history of systematic discrimination and abuse.” Quoting from her remarks:

      Let me offer just a few examples from our past, starting with how, back in 1830, we passed a law removing Native Americans from their homes and forcibly relocating them to barren lands out west. The Trail of Tears was part of this process. Then we began separating children from their families and sending them to boarding schools designed to strip them of all traces of their culture, language and history. And then our government started issuing what were known as “Civilization Regulations”—regulations that outlawed Indian religions, ceremonies and practices—so we literally made their culture illegal.

      For more: http:///2016/05/19/santa-fe-indian-school-prepares-flotus-visit-164532

    • May 26, 2016

      Remarks by the First Lady at the Santa Fe Indian School Commencement

      Santa Fe Indian School
      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      2:30 P.M. MDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Please, please, be seated. Good afternoon, everyone. It is beyond an honor and a pleasure to be with you all today.

      Of course, I want to start by thanking Hanna and Michael for their wonderful introduction. And I want to recognize all of the other outstanding student leaders who have graced us with their words today. I’m so proud of you all.

      I also want to thank the governors, the tribal leaders, elders, the board of trustees, along with the superintendent and your amazing principal, your teachers and staff. I wish I could meet you all, I wish I could spend a whole week with you. (Applause.) I also want to thank the Tewa dancers who performed for us today — absolutely. (Applause.)

      And of course, last but not least, to the class of 2016: You all did it! Woo! You’re here! You did it! You made it! (Applause.) After so many long afternoons and late nights studying for exams, writing papers; after countless hours preparing to present your senior honors projects to your communities; after all those jalapeno nachos you ate at the EAC — yes, I heard about that — (laughter) — you did it. You’re here. You made it. And we are all so very, very proud of you. I love you all so much.

      And today, I want just to take a moment once again to look around this beautiful auditorium at the people who helped you on your journey -– your families and friends, everyone in your school and your communities –- all the people who pushed you and poured their love into you and believed in you even when you didn’t believe in yourselves sometimes. Today is their day, too, right? So let’s, graduates, give them big, old, loud shout-out and love to our families. Thank you all. (Applause.) Yes!

      And that’s actually where I want to start today –- with family, in particular with my own family. I want to tell you about the people who came before me and how they made me who I am today.

      I am the great-great-granddaughter of Jim Robinson, who was born in South Carolina, lived as a slave, and is likely buried in an unmarked grave on the plantation where he worked. I am the great-granddaughter of Fraser Robinson, an illiterate houseboy who taught himself to read and became an entrepreneur, selling newspapers and shoes. I am the granddaughter of Fraser Robinson Jr., who left the only life he’d ever known to move his family north, seeking a place where his children’s dreams wouldn’t be so limited by the color of their skin.

      And I am the daughter of Fraser Robinson III and Marian Robinson, who raised me and my brother in a tiny apartment on the South Side of Chicago, just upstairs from my elderly great aunt and uncle, who my parents cared for, and just blocks away from our extended family –- a host of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who were always in and out of each other’s homes and lives, sharing stories and food and talking and laughing for hours.

      And while my parents were products of segregated schools, and neither of them had an education past high school, they knew with every bone in their bodies that they wanted their kids to go to college. That was their mission from the day we were born. So my mother volunteered at our school so that she could make sure we were taking our studies seriously. And my father worked as a pump operator at the city water plant, saving every penny for our college tuition. And when my father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis –- a disease that affected his muscles and made it hard for him to walk and even dress himself in the morning –- I remember he hardly ever missed a day of work, no matter how sick he was, no matter how much pain he was in.

      And let me tell you, I will never forget the look of pride on his face and on my mom’s face as I walked across the stage at Princeton University, and three years later at Harvard Law School to accept my diplomas –- degrees that have given me opportunities that my parents never could have dreamed of for themselves.

      So, graduates, this is my story. And I’m sharing this with you because when I heard that — when you were first brainstorming about who to invite to your commencement and someone suggested me or my husband, some of you thought that that was an impossible dream, that it just wasn’t realistic to think that people like us would ever visit a school like yours. Well, today, I want you to know that there is nowhere I would rather be than right here with all of you. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/26/remarks-first-lady-santa-fe-indian-school-commencement

  3. President Obama’s Asia Itinerary

    May 26, 2016
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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends a G7 welcome ceremony
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 session
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working lunch
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 family photo
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working dinner
    Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

  4. Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall as Layoffs Prove Temporary

    May 26, 2016 Victoria Stilwell — bloomberg

    Jobless claims fell for a second week, indicating the surge at the start of May reflected temporary dismissals.
    Initial applications for unemployment benefits dropped by 10,000 to 268,000 in the week ended May 21, a report from the Labor Department showed Thursday. The median forecast of 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected 275,000 claims.

    Sustained declines in claims from the more than one-year high at the start of the month signals those increase were due to transitory events such as the spring break holiday at schools in New York and auto plant shutdowns in Michigan. That shows employers remain intent on retaining experienced workers amid prospects demand will start to firm after the economy stumbled in the first quarter.

    “Firing has slowed down a lot,” Laura Rosner, senior U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, said before the report. “Do we see any signs of that changing? Not from the claims data.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-26/initial-jobless-claims-in-u-s-fall-as-layoffs-prove-temporary

  5. WH

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama departs Tokoname en route Hiroshima, Japan
    Chubu Centrair International Airport, Hiroshima, Japan

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    President Obama arrives Hiroshima, Japan
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

    2:50 AM
    President Obama deliver remarks Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

    3:00 AM
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    President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

    5:00 AM
    President Obama meets with U.S. Service members
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

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    President Obama departs Japan enroute for Washington DC
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

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    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on the RhodeWorks Infrastructure Program
    Providence, RI

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    President Obama arrives in Anchorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
    Elmendorf Air Base, Anchorage, Alaska

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    President Obama departs Alaska en route Washington, DC
    Elmendorf Air Base, Anchorage, Alaska

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    President arrives Joint Base Andrews
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:20 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
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  6. President Obama’s Asia Itinerary

    May 27, 2016
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    President Obama departs Shima, Mie Prefecture for Hiroshima
    Chubu Centrair International Airport, Tokoname, Aichi, Japan

    President Obama arrives Hiroshima, Japan
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

    President Obama tours the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

    President Obama deliver remarks Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

    President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

    President Obama meets with U.S. Service members
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

    President Obama departs Japan enroute for Washington DC
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

    • May 27, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan at Hiroshima Peace Memorial

      Hiroshima Peace Memorial
      Hiroshima, Japan

      5:45 P.M. JST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.

      Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 in Japanese men, women and children; thousands of Koreans; a dozen Americans held prisoner. Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become.

      It is not the fact of war that sets Hiroshima apart. Artifacts tell us that violent conflict appeared with the very first man. Our early ancestors, having learned to make blades from flint and spears from wood, used these tools not just for hunting, but against their own kind. On every continent, the history of civilization is filled with war, whether driven by scarcity of grain or hunger for gold; compelled by nationalist fervor or religious zeal. Empires have risen and fallen. Peoples have been subjugated and liberated. And at each juncture, innocents have suffered, a countless toll, their names forgotten by time.

      The World War that reached its brutal end in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fought among the wealthiest and most powerful of nations. Their civilizations had given the world great cities and magnificent art. Their thinkers had advanced ideas of justice and harmony and truth. And yet, the war grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes; an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints. In the span of a few years, some 60 million people would die — men, women, children no different than us, shot, beaten, marched, bombed, jailed, starved, gassed to death.

      There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war — memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism; graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity. Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction; how the very spark that marks us as a species — our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our tool-making, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will — those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction.

      How often does material advancement or social innovation blind us to this truth. How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause. Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill. Nations arise, telling a story that binds people together in sacrifice and cooperation, allowing for remarkable feats, but those same stories have so often been used to oppress and dehumanize those who are different.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/27/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan-hiroshima-peace

      • Obama folded, presented paper cranes in Hiroshima

        May 27, 2016 NHKnews

        US President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum with paper cranes he himself folded.

        Obama on Friday visited the museum and saw some exhibits, including paper cranes folded by Sadako Sasaki. She died from leukemia at the age of 12 after experiencing the atomic bombing.

        She folded many paper cranes in her hospital bed in a wish to be healed.

        Obama brought 4 paper cranes he folded himself, and reportedly gave 2 to an elementary school student and a junior high schooler who greeted him at the museum.

        Obama wrote in the museum guestbook: “We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”

        He reportedly left the other 2 paper cranes alongside the guestbook.

    • May 27, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama to U.S. and Japanese Forces

      Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
      Iwakuni, Japan

      4:02 P.M. JST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Konnichiwa!

      AUDIENCE: Konnichiwa!

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is great to be here. Thank you so much. I got to tell you, during my visit to Japan, we are reaffirming one of the greatest alliances in the world between the United States and Japan. And I wanted to come by and just say thank you — thank you to all the men and women in uniform, thank you to your families, because you guys are the backbone of our alliance. Thank you, everybody. (Applause.)

      I want to thank Colonel Boucher, also known as “Waterboy.” (Laughter.) I want to thank Sergeant Major Garza. I know that we’ve got a lot of folks in the house. We’ve got some NCOs. Staff NCOs. We’ve got some officers. Junior Marines. (Cheers.) Okay. We’ve got some DOD civilians. (Cheers.) And let’s hear it from the family members. (Cheers.)

      I want to thank our Japanese friends for joining us. (Applause.) [Vice] Foreign Minister Kikawada. Mayor Fukuda. Members of the Diet, who are here. Admiral Sonoda and personnel from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. (Applause.) I also want to thank the wonderful people of Iwakuni City. Your hospitality serving Americans who are far away from home means so much to our nation. On behalf of all of us, arigato.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/27/remarks-president-obama-us-and-japanese-forces

  7. U.S. Economy Grew More Last Quarter Than Previously Estimated

    May 27, 2016 Michelle Jamrisko — bloomberg

    The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster pace in the first quarter than previously estimated, reflecting less damage from trade and inventories.

    Gross domestic product rose at a 0.8 percent annualized rate in the three months ended in March, the smallest gain in a year, Commerce Department figures showed Friday. That compares with the 0.5 percent advance the government reported last month.

    The figures do little to alter views of the third consecutive sluggish start to the year, and could portend a tougher slog in the second quarter as businesses work to continue to pare stockpiles. At the same time, household income gains were stronger than previously reported as the labor market strengthened, which will help support consumer spending.

    “It’s still a very poor start to the year,” Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “From past experience we get most of that back in the second quarter.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-27/u-s-economy-grew-more-last-quarter-than-previously-estimated

  8. 12:30 PM EDT
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on the RhodeWorks Infrastructure Program
    Providence, RI
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