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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 10:49 AM
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Tribes pleased with Obama efforts, asking for more
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) There's little doubt President Barack Obama has won high esteem among Native Americans by breaking through a logjam of inaction on issues that matter to them.

The Obama administration this week proposed sweeping changes to federal tribal-land leasing rules that had not been touched in 50 years. Obama nominated a Native American to the federal bench, signed a law renewing the Indian Health Care Act and settled a tribal royalties lawsuit that had dragged on through three administrations.

"Obama has done better for tribes than the others, except for the Nixon administration," said Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a former Republican senator from Colorado. President Richard Nixon advocated tribal self-determination and opposed the termination of American Indian tribes that had been occurring since the mid-1940s.

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American Indians have been both "well-served" and "hurt" by other administrations, said Bill John Baker, principal chief of the largest Indian tribe, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Obama has gone beyond lip service, Baker said, and "backed up his words with actions that have made a positive impact on the lives of Native people."

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castnet55 Donating Member (30 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 12:04 PM
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1. Native Americans
There's alot of controversy about the Native Americans and what this country owes them.As a Creek, I can only say that more can be done by the nations themselves as well as from the government. Gaming has been a mixed blessing for the many but it's taken it's toll on the members of each reservation and the old ways that should be preserved.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 12:37 PM
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2. Rec.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 01:40 PM
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3. K&R
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 01:49 PM
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4. Casino profits =s campaign donation potential=s Obama's "efforts"
Lyndon was so right: Money talks and bullshit walks.
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