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Red Cross says up to 10,000 expected for Obama visit to N.D. reservation; agency will provide first aid station

BISMARCK – The American Red Cross plans to provide a first aid and hydration station during Friday’s visit by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that’s expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to Cannon Ball, N.D., on the Standing Rock Reservation.

The presidential visit coincides with Cannon Ball’s annual powwow known as the Flag Day Celebration Wacipi, and Standing Rock Sioux tribal authorities requested Red Cross assistance, the relief organization stated in a news release Thursday.

The Red Cross team will consist of medically qualified volunteers from Bismarck and Rapid City, S.D., who will provide basic first aid services and water, the release stated.  The station will be in Cannon Ball and will be open from Friday morning through the duration of the president’s visit.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was the first tribal nation to sign a memorandum of understanding with the American Red Cross, “and we are honored to partner with them in supporting President Obama’s visit,” the release stated, noting Obama is also the honorary chairman of the not-for-profit organization.

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