Wednesday, October 22, 2008

San Manuel Chairman Supports JOHN McCain Because of DEEDS not Promises.

In an op-ed piece from Deron Marquez, former chairman of the San Manuel Band, in Indian Country Today, he lays out why Native American voters should consider the person who by DEED, has been good for Indian Country, and that is JOHN McCAIN.

Which to help provide guidance for your choice, deeds, or promises? Barack Obama will pass Union Card Check, which will erode tribal sovereignty even more than actions by some corrupt tribes like Pechanga, or Redding and Picayune. McCain has been in a leadership role for 20 years, helping to strengthen sovereignty and benefits for Indian Nations.

Here is a comprehensive look at Senator Obama from Hot Air.

As Nov. 4 approaches, I find myself reading blogs and op-ed pieces from various tribal corners, mostly supporting the Democratic ticket in the race for the White House. I was surprised to note that there are few public statements being expressed by tribal leaders and representatives about Sen. John McCain and his public record of support for sovereign tribal nations.

Campaign promises being voiced by Mr. Barack Obama to Indian country are noteworthy. But we should remember that no group of Americans has been promised more and delivered less than the First Americans. Instead of more promises, let’s give attention to real accomplishments involving issues of significant importance, which have benefited Indian tribes because of Sen. McCain’s deeds.

Few issues are as fundamentally important and sacred to Indian tribes as their cultural resources and their histories. Sen. McCain’s leadership resulted in the enactment of federal legislation that serves today as the foundation for the protection of these important resources. The Native American Graves Protection Act was passed by the Congress in 1990. Aware that congressional efforts to protect tribal cultural resources – including sacred sites and graves – had failed in 1986 due to opposition from museums and other groups, he introduced NAGPRA during the first session of the 101st Congress. OP: That's one more than Sen. Obama did his whole Senate career on ANYTHING.

In partnership with then-committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, who had introduced a bill of his own on the subject, McCain convinced the world-renowned Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., to convene and lead a national dialogue on issues related to the protection of American Indian cultural resources. The national dialogue was tasked with producing a set of recommendations, which could serve as a basis for legislation to protect these important resources. The national dialogue, which involved museums, archaeologists, anthropologists and Indian tribes and organizations took nearly two years but was successful in producing recommendations for the Indian Affairs Committee. Once the recommendations were delivered to Sen. McCain, they were incorporated into legislation that became NAGPRA. OP: Reaching across the aisle, working with the loyal opposition, getting things accomplished FOR Indian Country.

Read the OP ED HERE
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