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  •  The Native populations of ND,SD and NE are large (26+ / 0-)

    enough to swing elections. Democratic values fit very well with their own. While they are a valuable part of the coalition they also have so many issues and we need to help them find solutions. It is only going to be more difficult if we ignore them or don't make the time they deserve. I will be spending a lot of time in Lincoln trying to gain support for a state law closing down Whiteclay and reimposing the 50 mile buffer between the Pine Ridge and alcohol sales. There are no words, the amount of human suffering caused by the existence of Whiteclay takes your breath away.

    The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

    by cherie clark on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:59:05 AM PST

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    •  Bad Spirit In Whiteclay! (15+ / 0-)

      I have driven through Whiteclay, NE, going north to Pine Ridge (I wanted to pay long overdue respects at the Wounded Knee Memorial) on my way to Badlands NP and the Crazy Horse Memorial. There is an ugly pall on the place, just under the surface.

      The existence of the liquor sales outlets in Whiteclay, just south of the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota/SD border is just pathetic, more greed that hurts with no consequence to the greedy!

      The Crazy Horse Memorial Mountain and native American museum in SD is a must see for any American wanting a glimpse into native culture.  

      "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

      by paz3 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:26:09 PM PST

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    •  OK too? (3+ / 0-)
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      Or is that state just too Republican to swing yet?

      From teh Wiki:

      In 2010 Oklahoma had the second largest Native American population after California. With the highest concentration found in the Tulsa-Broken Arrow metropolitan area (8.3%). As a percentage of population, Oklahoma ranked fourth behind Alaska, New Mexico, and South Dakota with 8.57%.
      ...and speaking of Alaska...

      "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

      by Vacationland on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:29:42 PM PST

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      •  No, not OK (5+ / 0-)

        The state swings too far to the right, and the Native population is too heterogeneous - the might lean a lot more Dem than the state, but they're far from monolithic - our far rightwing Congressman, Tom Cole, is Chickasaw.

      •  Yes, I am sure there are other states, I listed (5+ / 0-)

        the three I know about, live in one raised in another and family in ND. They have never had a voice and now they do, the Native Americans in ND must be absolutely ebullient. I know there was a real effort put in to registering Native voters, I hope this continues and I look forward to working with them to move BOTH of our nations forward. You know years ago I was saying if something was done about the grinding poverty in this country the have nots would rise up. It took a scrawny half African, community organizer from Chicago to empower us to do just that. We have been organized you know and it was a wonderful thing to see 2008 wasn't an anomaly.

        The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

        by cherie clark on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:49:41 PM PST

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    •  I know al franken has been working on (5+ / 0-)

      some native american issues, but there is enormous opportunity to expand on that. People need to see results if dems are to count on them going forward.

      Having said that, one serious problem with combatting poverty on these reservations is the lack of interest from the states in which they exist. Integrating these sometimes disparate local economies, and creating more economic activity so people can have jobs, isn't something easily done by the feds. I don't know about ND, but my last visit to SD gave me the impression the non-Indian population there isn't interested in major state initiatives to help improve the economics on the reservations. In fact I got the impression that many there see the reservations as foreign countries that have their own sources of funding and are "not their problem."

      •  Hoping we can change that, Obama is moving (4+ / 0-)

        them toward sovereignty a big step in self determination. I was wondering about wind power on some of the reservations. I have a number of Native activist friends but have not had much time the last few months to catch up with them. Poverty and alcohol chicken or the egg. There are answers to all these problems we can't stop looking and working for them

        The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

        by cherie clark on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:29:18 PM PST

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