Washington (CNN) - Call it the "Dreams of My Native American Father."
Much has been said about the multi-ethnic heritage of the president but he tried to add even more to that diverse background today. At an otherwise somber signing ceremony of the Tribal Law and Order Act, a law aimed at giving Indian tribes more authority to combat crime on reservations, President Obama lightened the mood by addressing his own tribal links.
"As we celebrate today, I'm reminded of a visit I made a couple of years ago to the Crow Nation out in Montana. While I was there I was adopted into the nation by a wonderful couple, Hartford and Mary Black Eagle. So I'm Barack 'Black Eagle'." Obama said.
Amid laughs and applause, the president ended the ceremony by saying, "I can't help but think that only in America could a guy like me, named Barack Obama, adoptive son of the Crow Nation, go on to become president."