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    This thread is for the disscussion of any and all Native Americans who hold political office, have held political office, or are running for office (yes, that includes Hawaiians).
    It doesn't matter how large or small the office is, or how long ago it might have been.
    I'd like to start by talking about NAs in Congress.
    Parade Magizine had a small clip about this, in the Personaltiy Parade section of their January 4th, 2009 issue.
    Transcript taken verbetum follows:

    Since the inaugural session of Congress, just 16 members have been of Native American descent.
    "When I was elected, news spread via our 'moccasin grapevine', and I inherited a national constituency of over a millian Indians from 560 tribes." says Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R, Colo.), 75, a Northern Cheyenne who served six years in the House and 12 in the Senate before retiring in 2004.
    "Now we have Tom Cole (R, Okla) in the House, plus 73 in state legislatures."
    I'm not responsible for my actions, I just do what the voices tell me to do.

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    In today's issue of Parade Magazine,
    Personality Parade columnist Walter Scott
    replied to an inquiry by a reader as to why Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, was not included in Parade's preivious item about Native Americans in the U.S. congress, last week.
    Senator Akaka had this to say:
    "Unlike the indigienious peoples of the mainland and Alaska, Native Hawaiians aren't formerly recognized by the U.S. as Native Americans. But with the President's support, a bill I've introduced finally may grant us the parity we deserve."
    Walter Scott added, "The controversial bill doesn't create reservations or authorize casinos but sets the stage for indigenious Hawaiians to get rights similar to those of other Native Americans."
    I'm not responsible for my actions, I just do what the voices tell me to do.


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