Clinton names Native leadership council

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), a Democratic candidate for president, announced the formation of a Native American Leadership Council for her campaign in Nevada.

The council includes 13 current and former tribal leaders, tribal administrators and Native activists. They will serve as an advisory board for the campaign's Indian Country efforts in Nevada.

"I am honored to be a part of this Leadership Council and to support Senator Clinton," said Genia Williams, the chair of the Walker River Paiute Tribe. "Senator Clinton has reached out personally to Nevada's tribes to discuss issues of concern to each sovereign nation. She is the most experienced and prepared candidate in the race, and understands the unique challenges facing Indian Country."

Clinton also announced that Arlan Melendez, the chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, will serve a co-chair of her national campaign. "There is no other candidate who is more qualified and ready to promote understanding of our diverse cultures and backgrounds, and bring us together as a united nation," Melendez said of Clinton. "She will be an outstanding president."

The other members of the council are:
  • Arlan Melendez, Chairman, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony; member, U.S. Civil Rights Commission
  • Davis Gonzales, Chairman, Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada
  • Genia Williams, Chairperson, Walker Riv er Paiute Tribe
  • Karen Crutcher, Chairperson, Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribes
  • Steve Frank, Chairman, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe
  • Kyle Prior, Chairman, Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute Tribes
  • Wanda Batchelor, Chairperson, Stewart Community Council of the Washoe Tribe
  • Rochanne Downs, Vice Chair, Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribes
  • Ed Naranjo, Vice Chair, Federated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
  • Norm Harry, Former (three-term) Tribal Chairman, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
  • Kenneth Richardson, Health Director, Walker River Paiute Tribe
  • Janice Brown, Democratic Activist and Native American Advocate
  • Miranda Quintero, Vice Chair, Walker River Paiute Tribe
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    Press Release: Clinton Campaign Announces Nevada Native American Leadership Council (Hillary for President 7/18)
    Press Release: Tribal Chairman Arlan Melendez Endorses Clinton (Hillary for President 7/18)<

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