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PRESS RELEASE - 3/18/08
JohnMcCain.com - McCain-Palin 2008

John McCain on Native American Policy

“I believe the federal government has a special ethical and legal responsibility to help make the American dream accessible to Native Americans.” ---Sen. John McCain

Over the years John McCain has received the support and friendship of many people from Indian Country, and he is committed to ensuring that they are treated justly and fairly. As president, John McCain will continue to build on his record of achieving results for Indian Country, and will continue to do so through close consultation with the tribes.

John McCain believes in protecting tribal sovereignty and recognizes the unique government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes and the trust responsibility. He has twice proudly served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (1995-1997 and 2005-2007) and continues to be a member of the Committee. John McCain has been a leader in Congress by sponsoring legislation and enacting laws that help improve conditions on Indian reservations and strengthen the ability of tribal governments to provide essential programs and services. His 25-year record of Native American policy accomplishments include:

Self Governance
John McCain has long championed tribal self-governance, taking power out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats and placing it in the hands of tribal governments. He was a principal sponsor of the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994 (Title II, P.L. 103-413), which dramatically downsized the Federal-Indian bureaucracy. His efforts have led to greater self-sufficiency, more effective tribal governance and more efficient programs and services for Indian people living on reservations. John McCain’s dedication to tribal self-determination will reinvigorate the policy of Tribal Self-Governance.

Law Enforcement
John McCain has worked tirelessly to strengthen law enforcement on reservations, including improving tribal courts and detention facilities. He has sponsored and moved legislation addressing the epidemic of methamphetamine in Indian Country (S. 85 [110th Congress] and S. 4113 [109th Congress]). John McCain was an early leader in addressing victim’s rights, family violence and child abuse, by authoring legislation such as the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act (Title IV, P.L. 101-630). He also pushed for a pilot project for border tribes to help better secure our nation’s borders.

Health Care
John McCain has worked to improve health care for Indians, including reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, championing efforts to combat diabetes, and supporting efforts to address chronic mental health and substance abuse problems on reservations. He has advocated for permanent self-governance authority for the Indian Health Service to enable Indian tribes to directly administer tribal health facilities and programs. John McCain authored legislation to increase attention to the unique and pressing health needs of Indian populations by designating an Assistant Secretary for Indian Health to prioritize and simplify health services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Trust Resources and Economic Development
The long history of misuse and abuse of Indian resources held in trust, coupled with unreasonable and unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles, has stifled new and expanded economic opportunities on reservations. John McCain fought to enact the American Indian Trust Management and Reform Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-412) and has sponsored legislation to help tribes protect both their natural and cultural resources and to reform the broken trust system. He introduced the first comprehensive legislation to resolve longstanding litigation over trust accounts and reform the trust system, and, as president, will make comprehensive reform of the trust system and resolution of the trust accounting litigation a priority. He sponsored the Reservation Employment Tax Credit and the Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for reservation businesses and has consistently fought to protect the right of tribes to engage in gaming on Indian lands.

Housing
John McCain has worked to turn over authority and funding to Indian tribes for their direct management of housing programs, consistent with long-standing principles of Tribal Self-Determination and Self-Governance. He has supported Indian housing assistance programs under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act.

Education
Long before the No Child Left Behind Act, John McCain pushed for reforms to BIA schools and an increase in resources for tribal education programs. He fully understands that providing educational opportunities to our nation’s Native American children is critical to preparing for productive livelihoods, including the preservation of native languages and cultural identity. John McCain will continue the BIA schools construction initiative, which has provided nearly $1 billion for the construction of new schools and refurbishment of numerous others on reservations, and will provide the resources necessary to make those schools safe learning environments for Native American youth.

Native Veterans
John McCain has been very supportive of American Indian veterans, including championing many of the efforts to get the recognition deserved for the many Code Talkers who have proudly served our nation. He has led Congressional efforts to build the Native American Veterans' Memorial, and will continue his fight to honor our national commitment to our veterans, including Native Americans veterans, who have devoted their lives to ensuring our freedom.



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PRESS RELEASE - 3/18/08
JohnMcCain.com - McCain-Palin 2008

John McCain on Native American Policy

“I believe the federal government has a special ethical and legal responsibility to help make the American dream accessible to Native Americans.” ---Sen. John McCain

Over the years John McCain has received the support and friendship of many people from Indian Country, and he is committed to ensuring that they are treated justly and fairly. As president, John McCain will continue to build on his record of achieving results for Indian Country, and will continue to do so through close consultation with the tribes.

John McCain believes in protecting tribal sovereignty and recognizes the unique government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes and the trust responsibility. He has twice proudly served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (1995-1997 and 2005-2007) and continues to be a member of the Committee. John McCain has been a leader in Congress by sponsoring legislation and enacting laws that help improve conditions on Indian reservations and strengthen the ability of tribal governments to provide essential programs and services. His 25-year record of Native American policy accomplishments include:

Self Governance
John McCain has long championed tribal self-governance, taking power out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats and placing it in the hands of tribal governments. He was a principal sponsor of the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994 (Title II, P.L. 103-413), which dramatically downsized the Federal-Indian bureaucracy. His efforts have led to greater self-sufficiency, more effective tribal governance and more efficient programs and services for Indian people living on reservations. John McCain’s dedication to tribal self-determination will reinvigorate the policy of Tribal Self-Governance.

Law Enforcement
John McCain has worked tirelessly to strengthen law enforcement on reservations, including improving tribal courts and detention facilities. He has sponsored and moved legislation addressing the epidemic of methamphetamine in Indian Country (S. 85 [110th Congress] and S. 4113 [109th Congress]). John McCain was an early leader in addressing victim’s rights, family violence and child abuse, by authoring legislation such as the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act (Title IV, P.L. 101-630). He also pushed for a pilot project for border tribes to help better secure our nation’s borders.

Health Care
John McCain has worked to improve health care for Indians, including reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, championing efforts to combat diabetes, and supporting efforts to address chronic mental health and substance abuse problems on reservations. He has advocated for permanent self-governance authority for the Indian Health Service to enable Indian tribes to directly administer tribal health facilities and programs. John McCain authored legislation to increase attention to the unique and pressing health needs of Indian populations by designating an Assistant Secretary for Indian Health to prioritize and simplify health services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Trust Resources and Economic Development
The long history of misuse and abuse of Indian resources held in trust, coupled with unreasonable and unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles, has stifled new and expanded economic opportunities on reservations. John McCain fought to enact the American Indian Trust Management and Reform Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-412) and has sponsored legislation to help tribes protect both their natural and cultural resources and to reform the broken trust system. He introduced the first comprehensive legislation to resolve longstanding litigation over trust accounts and reform the trust system, and, as president, will make comprehensive reform of the trust system and resolution of the trust accounting litigation a priority. He sponsored the Reservation Employment Tax Credit and the Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for reservation businesses and has consistently fought to protect the right of tribes to engage in gaming on Indian lands.

Housing
John McCain has worked to turn over authority and funding to Indian tribes for their direct management of housing programs, consistent with long-standing principles of Tribal Self-Determination and Self-Governance. He has supported Indian housing assistance programs under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act.

Education
Long before the No Child Left Behind Act, John McCain pushed for reforms to BIA schools and an increase in resources for tribal education programs. He fully understands that providing educational opportunities to our nation’s Native American children is critical to preparing for productive livelihoods, including the preservation of native languages and cultural identity. John McCain will continue the BIA schools construction initiative, which has provided nearly $1 billion for the construction of new schools and refurbishment of numerous others on reservations, and will provide the resources necessary to make those schools safe learning environments for Native American youth.

Native Veterans
John McCain has been very supportive of American Indian veterans, including championing many of the efforts to get the recognition deserved for the many Code Talkers who have proudly served our nation. He has led Congressional efforts to build the Native American Veterans' Memorial, and will continue his fight to honor our national commitment to our veterans, including Native Americans veterans, who have devoted their lives to ensuring our freedom.



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McCain definetly has my vote, because of this and other issues he stands for, I think he'll do alot for this country!!!
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A DC Lawyer I know was talking about this in another forum and said I could quote what she had to say.. but I'm leaving out her name for privacy reasons. I'm sure she does'nt want her name plastered all over the web like that Killkenny woman from Wasilla... WHO btw, never meant for that letter to go public like it did. People left out the part where she wrote, please do not forward this on..... Anyhow here is what my friend had to say about McCain and Native Americans... she's a Native herself.


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I don't get who on earth would think Obama has done more for native rights than McCain. If elected--McCain would be one of the very few presidents--maybe the ONLY one to really understand Indian law/ sovereignty issues. Believe me--he knows all the issues in Indian country as he served on the Senate Committee for Indian affairs for years and years.He was chairman, vice chairman and just a member for years--But such committees do not have loads of members--maybe 10-15 senators on this committee--So each has to know the issues. McCain's constittuency includes the Hopi , the navajo, the Pima White , the Havasupi, just to name a few.
Most tribes when I was there really like him. The main point is unlike Obama from Chicago, McCain has been dealing with federal tribes from his state of Arizona as long as he has been in office. He gets the issues. He is pro- lumbee fed. recognition. If you listened to the hearings, he was very vocal proponent for the Lumbee at the hearing. I would NOT be surprised if he is elected president if he does recognize the Lumbee via excutive order. He really likes natives and unlike Obama, no one would have to educate him on what tribal sov. is , etc. McCain already gets it b/c he has had successful relationships with the Arizona tribes for many years. Anyone who would pick Obama over McCain on Indian affairs????They would really have to explain to me what they are talking about b/c McCain has shown himself to be a friend to tribes. If he were not--his state tribes would not like him so much.

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Thanks for posting that Blackbear.


I'm surprised that to date, only 14 people have cast their vote in the poll at the top of the thread.
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Just now saw this thread, my vote go's to McCain as does my husbands.
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I'm surprised that to date, only 14 people have cast their vote in the poll at the top of the thread.
I would vote, but I haven't been here long enough to be able to do so, I have a couple of more days before I can, but my vote is with McCain for sure!!!
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I'm surprised that to date, only 14 people have cast their vote in the poll at the top of the thread.
I haven't been here long enough to vote, I have a couple of more days, but my vote is for McCain for sure!
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McCain Has the Advantage Over Obama in Post-Convention Polls
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McCain Has the Advantage Over Obama in Post-Convention Polls - Michael Barone (usnews.com)

The post-convention national polls mostly show John McCain with a small lead over Barack Obama. But what's been happening in the states? I've been looking at the post-convention state polls at realclearpolitics.com, pollster.com, and fivethirtyeight.com and find some significant differences from pre-convention polls. They tend to suggest that the battlefield is shifting, with more states within McCain's reach and fewer within Obama's.

Some caution is in order: We're talking about only one or two polls in some states but as many as eight in ultracritical Ohio. I haven't included the Zogby Internet polls in my analysis. I've rounded off the averages in each state to full percentages (and rounded 0.5s downwards for both candidates), and I'm reporting the difference between the McCain percentage and Obama percentage.

Here's my analysis:

The big industrial states.

Michigan and Pennsylvania are Obama +2, Ohio is McCain +3. In each case, McCain is 1 point better than Bush's final percentage against Kerry in each state. An old rule of American politics is that economic distress moves voters toward Democrats. Michigan, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania are in economic distress. But they haven't moved toward the Democratic nominee, as compared with 2004. The old rule isn't operating. Here's another possible rule. When voters see that tax increases aren't producing a better economy, they don't move toward a Democratic nominee who is proposing higher taxes, even though he says they'll hit only the rich. In Michigan, the Democrats (with a few turncoat Republicans) raised taxes in 2007; in Ohio, the Republicans (with some Democratic support) raised taxes before 2006. Those tax increases haven't helped those states' economies, not so as you'd notice, though they've helped members of public employees unions. McCain was running much worse than this in pre-convention polls in Pennsylvania and somewhat worse in Michigan. His convention bounce gives him a good chance to win the electoral votes of Pennsylvania (21) and Michigan (17), while leaving him in pretty good shape in Ohio (20).

The new marginals.

Obama has been running consistently better than John Kerry or Al Gore in Colorado and Virginia, states that have had comparatively vibrant economies and have also seen influxes of young voters, who tend to be heavily pro-Obama. Just look at all those singles rental apartments and loft-like condos in Arlington and Alexandria and LoDo in Denver. Colorado comes out of the conventions as +1 Obama, Virginia as +1 McCain. In both cases, the average is depressed by one poll that shows the state going the other way. Colorado (9 electoral votes) and Virginia (13) are still very hotly contested ground.

The northern tier.

The Obama campaign had hoped to be competitive in some northern tier states: the Dakotas, Montana, and Alaska. Pre-convention polls provided some reasonable basis for this hope. Post-convention polls don't. Alaska, unsurprisingly, is McCain-Palin +27. Montana is McCain +11, North Dakota McCain +14, South Dakota +17. More importantly, Minnesota is just Obama +1, Wisconsin Obama +3, Washington Obama +4, Oregon Obama +7. So scratch 12 electoral votes as plausible Obama targets and add 38 electoral votes as plausible McCain targets (or, excluding Oregon, 31 electoral votes). This is a big change, and it remains to be seen if later polls will show these states to be as close as the relatively few polls we've seen so far do.

The western odd ducks.

Nevada is McCain +2. New Mexico, in a shift from pre-convention polls, is McCain +2 (but that's only one poll). These states were seriously contested in 2000 and 2004 and look to be again in 2008.

The South.

Florida is McCain +5; it was Bush +5 in 2004. North Carolina is McCain +11; it was Bush +12 in 2004 (despite the presence on the Democratic ticket of the now happily forgotten John Edwards). But two North Carolina polls show McCain way ahead (+17 and +20); two others show him, as did most pre-convention polls, narrowly ahead (+3 and +4). I have more respect for the polling firms showing the big McCain margins, but this state still bears watching. Georgia, where Obama has sent scads of organizers, is McCain +16.

The Northeast.

One poll shows New Hampshire Obama +6 (Zogby Interactive has McCain ahead there): inconclusive. Three polls show New Jersey as Obama +6; it was Kerry +7 in 2004. Astonishingly, one poll shows New York as Obama +5, but this is Siena, which seems to have a lot more undecideds than other New York polls, which have shown Obama well above 50 percent. The New Jersey and New York numbers may tempt the McCain campaign to start advertising on New York City media. I suspect this is a temptation that will and should be resisted, for the time being.

There are a lot of states with no post-convention polls, including interesting ones like Indiana and (if only because of its 55 electoral votes) California. My overall conclusion is that the playing field has shifted in favor of McCain. He seems competitive now, where he arguably wasn't before the conventions, in Pennsylvania (21 electoral votes), Wisconsin (10), Minnesota (10), Washington (11), and maybe Oregon (7): a total of 59 electoral votes, all carried by John Kerry and Al Gore. Obama no longer seems competitive in North Dakota (3), Montana (3), and Alaska (3): a total of 9 electoral votes.

Or to look at it another way, from Bush's 2004 electoral vote total of 286, you now have to subtract Iowa (7), which is Obama +12 in the latest Des Moines Register poll, and maybe Colorado (9), Virginia (13), and New Mexico (5), which gets the Republican total down to 252. Or to 247, if you include Nevada (5). But in the northern tier there are 63 more electoral votes within reasonable reach of McCain in the northern tier and New Hampshire. And maybe he wants to start looking at New Jersey (15). I see Obama as competitive or leading in states with 338 electoral votes (granting him the 27 in Florida, which looks to me increasingly unlikely). I see McCain as competitive or leading in states with 342 electoral votes. Advantage shifting toward McCain.
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dang, someone's comment before intimated that obama's experience in chicago wasn't as legitimate as dealing with the "real" ndns in arizona...guess since im a midwestern skin too, i don't count??? gosh that stinks...
the wording may have come out that way, but I'm sure that the gist of what they were saying is that being adopted by a family of Crow people or campaigning in indian country is not as legitimate of dealing with ndn issues as what Mc Cain's experience is.
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Not real sure we need a politician that is experienced in ramrodding the strip mining of ndn lands as prez or that we need someone a heartbeat away from being prez who thinks that sports and commercial hunting/fishing should replace subsitence hunting rights. But then that's just me.
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I didnt say it was'nt as important.. only that he has way more experience in native issues than Obama has... and please, I grew up most of my life in IL.... outside of Chicago there ain't jack for indians and there are no "indian issues" in the state until someone digs up a mound.

And no need to get snotty.. I was in no way saying YOU or a Crow CLAN (clan=family to me) are'nt important.. in fact I don't recall that coming out of my typing at all... you're making this personal for some reason and nothing was aimed at you.
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