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Sep 6, 2012 10:02 AM by MTN News

Education Supt Juneau addresses DNC about Indian heritage

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Montana was in the convention spotlight again Wednesday as Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau spoke to the democratic delegates assembled in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Juneau, the first native american woman to win state-wide election in history, focused her remarks on education and her native american heritage.

She applauded President Obama for his efforts to include the nation's "first citizens" in the American dream.

"President Obama understands that the Native American story includes both painful chapters and hopeful ones," Juneau said. "He knows that the Native American story is part of America's story, and that we deserve to be part of the American dream."

Juneau said it was a proud day in Montana when President Obama visited the Crow Reservation and became an adopted Crow Tribal member.

Among those on hand to listen to Juneau's speech was her mother, who is a Montana delegate at this year's Democratic Convention.

Juneau also stressed the importance of education in her life, recalling her days at a high school on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation, to Montana State University, Harvard graduate school, and law school at the University of Montana.

"President Obama knows that education is the best investment an individual can make in themselves, that a family can make in its children, and that a nation can make in its people," noted Juneau.

Juneau is the second Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction to speak at this year's convention.

Tuesday night it was former Supt. Nancy Keenan's turn to rally female voters for the President.

On Thursday, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will address the convention.

Click on the video to watch Denise Juneau's speech.

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