Michelle Obama to Santa Fe Indian School Graduates: ‘Our World Needs You’

Michelle Obama to Santa Fe Indian School Graduates: ‘Our World Needs You’

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech at Santa Fe Indian School yesterday and the crowd was delighted with her words


The Santa Fe New Mexican shared the speech on their YouTube channel and here it is in full.

Wow, very powerful. One of the highlights for me was this part of her speech:

“So graduates, I wanted to be here at your commencement because your values are my values – the values that have carried me all the way from the Southside of Chicago to where I am today, standing before you as First Lady of the United States.

I also wanted to be here because, your stories – your achievements and contributions – and the story of your school, inspire me.

As we all know, this school was founded as part of a deliberate, systematic effort to extinguish your cultures – to literally annihilate who you were and what you believed in.

But today, the Native languages that were once strictly forbidden here now echo through the hallways and in your dorm room conversations at night.”

To see the full text visit The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Congratulations to all the graduates out there!

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

One Comment “Michelle Obama to Santa Fe Indian School Graduates: ‘Our World Needs You’”

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    Most politicians make me queasy, they are always so fake & full of lies. But First Lady Michelle Obama has always seemed to speak truly from the heart. Congrats to all of the Graduates & their honored families <3

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