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Michelle Obama set to speak at Native American commencement

Michelle Obama plans to address 105 Native American high school graduates Thursday during a commencement speech that comes as she tries to spotlight the plight of tribal youth in the final months of her husband's presidency.

The first lady's commencement address at Santa Fe Indian School is being delivered as part of an Obama initiative that aims to remove "barriers to success" for Native American youth — a group the White House says make up the nation's "most vulnerable population."

High poverty rates, aging school buildings, and health and housing disparities within tribal communities have been blamed for Native American graduation rates that fall...

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