By Natasha T. Metzler
Washington, D.C. (AP)

First lady Michelle Obama was honored by Native American groups Feb. 8 at the Interior Department and, in turn, she praised the agency’s employees.

A department worker and member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe, Nedra Darling, presented Mrs. Obama with a handmade shawl that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said honored a woman of high achievement. The Black Bear Singers, a drum group, performed a traditional song in her honor.