"In what was supposed to be a meeting that has been put off for over 200 years, the meeting of those seeking this country’s highest office were at last going to tell the Native Americans why they should vote for them has been so far ignored again. But, it is not too late to make the right decision.
Prez on the Rez was to be a vital stop for Democratic candidates wishing to be President of the United States. There were certainly signs that the event set for August 23, 2007 in Morongo, CA, because leaders like Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has been strongly supportive of Indian participation in the election process. As planned by INDNSLIST Executive Director Kayln Free, the meeting to be held as part of Campaign Camp August 20-25th. The camp was wildly successful last time in assisting candidates with many Indians winning seats all across the country.
So, you would think given the last presidential election came down to several hundred votes, that anyone would be worth campaigning, especially a segment of society which is growing in political clout and clearly an untapped source of new voters. That is apparently of little or no consequence to some candidates running for the democratic presidential nod. Senator Hilary Clinton has so far dismissed any attempt to meet with Indian leaders or to seek their vote. Oh, she has repeated the very process that Indians want to see go away; don’t campaign in Indian country, just put some Indian on an obscure committee. That is not seeking our vote and it does nothing to rev up the vote in Indian country."
Get the Story:
Louis Gray: Prez Avoids the Rez
(The Native American Times 8/13)
Prez on the Rez - http://www.prezontherez.org
Democratic Network - http://www.indnslist.org
Mark Trahant: Democrats pass on Prez on the Rez
(8/13) Editorial: Democrats court
(07/27) Obama promises new era of federal-tribal
(7/20) Clinton names Native
(7/19) Former Rep.
Carson supports Obama for president
(7/17)Sen. Obama meets Eastern Cherokee leaders
(6/18)Obama most popular candidate among
(6/15 Obama most popular
candidate among Navajo voters
(6/15) Clinton won't go to 'Rez' presidential forum
(5/31) 'Prez on the Rez' could include
(5/25) Kalyn Free says
union pressuring Democrats
on the Rez' hailed as historic event
(05/07) 'Prez on the Rez' hopes to finalize roster
(03/30) Morongo Band prepares for 'Prez on
(3/21) 'Prez on the Rez' seeks
all Democratic candidates
2007: Updates from winter session in Washington
(03/02) NCAI 2007: Updates from winter session in
(02/27) NCAI in Washington
this week for winter meeting
(02/26) INDN's List to launch 'Prez on the Rez' at NCAI