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Navajo Council Endorses Obama


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Kat
- 2249 days ago - reznetnews.org
The 88-member Navajo council voted 59-21 in its fall legislative session to endorse Obama. The Navajo Nation joins more than 100 tribal leaders, tribal organizations and tribes that have endorsed Sens. Obama and Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nom



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kat yazzie (400)
Friday October 24, 2008, 10:22 am
I am so glad to hear this good news! They have named Obama "Black Eagle", too!
 

kat yazzie (400)
Friday October 24, 2008, 10:35 am
HERE IS THE WHOLE STORY:
Navajo Council Endorses Obama
October 23, 2008
By Andi Murphy


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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — As of Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama has yet another tribal endorsement — the Navajo Nation.

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Navajo Nation," Obama said in a statement. "I look forward to partnering with Indian tribes, including the Navajo Nation, on a government-to-government basis, to address the special challenges facing tribes today, including access to affordable health care, economic development, energy independence, and education. Joe Biden and I look forward to working with the Navajo Nation and all of Indian Country to bring about the change we need."

The 88-member Navajo council voted 59-21 in its fall legislative session to endorse Obama. The Navajo Nation joins more than 100 tribal leaders, tribal organizations and tribes that have endorsed Sens. Obama and Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

"I hear the message of Sen. Obama in respecting the treaty between the U.S. and the Navajo," said Navajo Nation Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie. "[There is] a Native unity in endorsing Obama."

Navajo have a large presence in McCain's home state of Arizona

The Navajo Nation has more than 250,000 tribal members and is the largest federally recognized tribe. The Navajo reservation also is the largest, located in three states: southeastern Utah, northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.

The Navajo suffer problems in the areas of water rights, law enforcement, Indian health care, economic development and job availability, like most tribes. The Navajo Council discussed these issues for nearly two hours before deciding which candidate could help them the most, according to a Navajo Nation Council statement.

"Our needs are enormous," said Hope MacDonald-Lone Tree, Navajo councilwoman. "The last several years have been hard on Navajo and across Indian Country."

She voted in favor of the endorsement and believes Obama will be a voice for Natives and will tend to the people's needs, she said.

Sen. John McCain, whose home state is Arizona in which the Navajo Nation has a big presence, said in his Native American policy that he will uphold the federal government's trust responsibility and consult closely with tribes if he is elected president. Obama made the same promise but went one step further by announcing a White House-level Native American policy adviser.

Those who opposed endorsement had variety of reasons

As for the 21 Navajo council delegates who voted against the endorsement, MacDonald-Lone Tree said they have their own reasons for doing so; whether it be against Obama or against an endorsement of any candidate.

"I respect their vote," MacDonald-Lone Tree said.

Navajo council delegate Pete Atcitty said the Navajo people, as individuals, can make up their own minds and vote for whomever they want to. States do not endorse candidates and people within a sovereign nation can endorse whom they want. The endorsement makes it sound as if the Navajo people are "predictable," he said.

"I strongly believe the Navajo voters can cast their votes on their own," Atcitty said.
 

raven sky Zimbalist (261)
Friday October 24, 2008, 10:46 am
this is good... thanks Kat!
 

. (0)
Friday October 24, 2008, 10:52 am
thats great i hate parlin she can rot from a tree with the animals attacking her
 

kat yazzie (400)
Friday October 24, 2008, 10:59 am
HERE IS THE NEWS ITEM:
Navajo Council Endorses Obama
October 23, 2008
By Andi Murphy


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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — As of Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama has yet another tribal endorsement — the Navajo Nation.

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Navajo Nation," Obama said in a statement. "I look forward to partnering with Indian tribes, including the Navajo Nation, on a government-to-government basis, to address the special challenges facing tribes today, including access to affordable health care, economic development, energy independence, and education. Joe Biden and I look forward to working with the Navajo Nation and all of Indian Country to bring about the change we need."

The 88-member Navajo council voted 59-21 in its fall legislative session to endorse Obama. The Navajo Nation joins more than 100 tribal leaders, tribal organizations and tribes that have endorsed Sens. Obama and Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

"I hear the message of Sen. Obama in respecting the treaty between the U.S. and the Navajo," said Navajo Nation Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie. "[There is] a Native unity in endorsing Obama."

Navajo have a large presence in McCain's home state of Arizona

The Navajo Nation has more than 250,000 tribal members and is the largest federally recognized tribe. The Navajo reservation also is the largest, located in three states: southeastern Utah, northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.

The Navajo suffer problems in the areas of water rights, law enforcement, Indian health care, economic development and job availability, like most tribes. The Navajo Council discussed these issues for nearly two hours before deciding which candidate could help them the most, according to a Navajo Nation Council statement.

"Our needs are enormous," said Hope MacDonald-Lone Tree, Navajo councilwoman. "The last several years have been hard on Navajo and across Indian Country."

She voted in favor of the endorsement and believes Obama will be a voice for Natives and will tend to the people's needs, she said.

Sen. John McCain, whose home state is Arizona in which the Navajo Nation has a big presence, said in his Native American policy that he will uphold the federal government's trust responsibility and consult closely with tribes if he is elected president. Obama made the same promise but went one step further by announcing a White House-level Native American policy adviser.

Those who opposed endorsement had variety of reasons

As for the 21 Navajo council delegates who voted against the endorsement, MacDonald-Lone Tree said they have their own reasons for doing so; whether it be against Obama or against an endorsement of any candidate.

"I respect their vote," MacDonald-Lone Tree said.

Navajo council delegate Pete Atcitty said the Navajo people, as individuals, can make up their own minds and vote for whomever they want to. States do not endorse candidates and people within a sovereign nation can endorse whom they want. The endorsement makes it sound as if the Navajo people are "predictable," he said.

"I strongly believe the Navajo voters can cast their votes on their own," Atcitty said.
 

kat yazzie (400)
Friday October 24, 2008, 11:00 am
OOOPS! Didn't mean to do it twice! I must be all excited! LOL
 

Maureen S. (35)
Friday October 24, 2008, 11:09 am
Oh, Kat! How wonderful that they gave him an honorable name, "Black Eagle." What an honor and privilege to receive an Indian name. Well, I endorse whomever the Navajos and American Indians endorse. Hugs!
 

Yvonne Ladd (132)
Friday October 24, 2008, 12:37 pm
Noted and forwarded! This is great news!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 24, 2008, 1:04 pm
Thanks Kat for this very good news. Noted and forwarded.
 

Nancy Myrick (191)
Friday October 24, 2008, 1:21 pm
This is great news! Black Eagle...I LOVE it! Thanks Kat.
 

Eleanor B. (909)
Friday October 24, 2008, 1:21 pm
Lovely news, Kat. I am so glad and I am sure he will appreciate the honour that has been afforded to him. I just hope he will win and make the world a better place. At least with him there will be some hope though I am sceptical of all politicians. Good luck to him anyway. He will have a tough fight to bring decency to the world of American politics. I wish we in the UK had an alternative to what we have!
 

Judith Jaehn (199)
Friday October 24, 2008, 1:27 pm
Wonderful news Kat!!!! A vote for Black Eagle, is a vote for us!!!!! YEA!!!!!
Thank you! Noted!
 

ROBIN M. (312)
Friday October 24, 2008, 1:43 pm
THIS IS GREAT THEY SPEAK FOR THE LAND, THEY WANT TO PRESERVE OUR LANDS AND OUR WILDLIFE.
 

Patricia N. (41)
Friday October 24, 2008, 1:52 pm
Noted & so happy to hear this!
 

Talldeer C. (47)
Friday October 24, 2008, 2:39 pm
This is Exellent!!!! Iam so Happy to hear this great news!
 

Henry P. (171)
Friday October 24, 2008, 6:26 pm
I am Happy to hear this news
 

Valerie H. (136)
Friday October 24, 2008, 7:09 pm
Totally E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T news...

VOTE EARLY.....don't leave anything to chance on November 4th....

*President Obama* MUST get in!!!
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Friday October 24, 2008, 7:48 pm
Now lets all be sure to get out there and vote...every vote counts!
 

Linda B. (71)
Friday October 24, 2008, 7:49 pm
A well-deserved slap in the face to McCain. He's done nothing for the Navajos, just as he's done nothing for the rest of us here in AZ.
 

liz c. (842)
Friday October 24, 2008, 8:32 pm
Great news.
 

Warren Motter (1055)
Friday October 24, 2008, 11:44 pm
Great News! Shared it with other forums.
 

maggie t. (45)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 3:56 am
Dandelion - that is the clue I believe, even though, being here in Europe I cannot vote, I truly hope that this time the "Voters" will decided - good luck to all and big husky hug;)
 

Vijay Tankha (28)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 5:35 am
Is it a fact that his middle name is Hussain and he is a convert Christain? Islam is difficult to eradicate from the system.
 

kat yazzie (400)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 6:02 am
And which "Perfect" system would you have us apply?
 

Scarlett P. (126)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 11:59 am
He says he is christian, but how can he go to a church for 20 years and say that he has never heard Wright spew hate and then all of a sudden be a christian???... He says anything to get in office... He is does not deserve a Native American name. I a part Native and he will never be my president.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 12:04 pm
Scarlett, $arah Palin won't even discuss her "faith" ... and another "witch hunter" in her "church" has been outted ... LOL!
 

Surunatik WTF (38)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 12:12 pm
Good for you Blue! Keep it Light. Laughter in the face of negativity feels so much better. This is a post of celebration, not just another opportunity for 'those' who would spew their ignorance and hate.
 

Scarlett P. (126)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 12:18 pm
These are Palin's words... "Pray of course for about my family that my kids will not be adversely affected by some of the political shots of course that, that we've been taking the last couple of months. I pray for my son's safety over in Iraq fighting for us in a striker brigade in the US Army and for all of our troops and I pray too for in the grander, greater scheme of things also that God's hand of protection would be over our country and that we as individuals would be endowed with strength to do all that we can to protect our nation and protect our Constitutional rights and do those things that I believe will make our country better, greater, but it's going to take even more than that truly it will take God's hand of protection to be continually over our land and His wisdom, His grace, His favor I pray for that for our country." I feel Sarah Palin is a woman with a servants heart... That more than you can say for Obama. But everyone has there on opinion... I just am not fooled by his slick talk... He has no experience, he has only been a "community organizer" and for Joe Bide.. LOL.. he didn't even know who the president was during the great depression and that T.V. wasn't invented yet when he made his little speech about FDR being on T.V. LOL... Maybe he needs to take a few more classes on history.
 

kat yazzie (400)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 12:21 pm
bilagaana! E-ya! ja ee...
 

Scarlett P. (126)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 12:34 pm
God Bless America? Shouldn’t we be the one’s Blessing God? In a Cherokee way, a day starts when the sun rises. The Father gives us a fresh new day as the mother image reaches skyward in the East to give us light of Life. A virgin before us as we should pause in silence and then give thanks. Each day is what we make of it in Life. America…. Blessing God each morning for what we have and also what has been taken away. It was never meant for us to always understand what we have lost. But, we also cannot keep what we have if we do not remember where it all came from.

I pray for us all and that America again praises God as she once did... GOD BLESS AMERICA AND JOHN MCCAIN/SARAH PALIN... Peace to you all....
 

Surunatik WTF (38)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 12:52 pm
Regarding Scarlett's assessment of Sarah having a servant's heart, I think you got the spelling wrong, that's 'serpents'. (and what a mean thing to say about them)
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 1:38 pm
I'm glad that the Navajo Nation has endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket. Obama has said and indicated that he supports the Rights of Indians and announced a White House-level Native American policy adviser. Biden has been a strong supporter for Indian Rights for many years.

Unfortunately, whereas mccan't, the senator from Arizona, has not at all. His ratings are extremely low for Indian support. Here is the latest attack by mccan't against the Indians: Story: "Sen. John McCain Supports Ongoing Genocide Against the Navajo Nation". palinsane has done nothing for them in Alaska, at any time, during her tenure as Mayor and Governor.

LINK:

http://www.care2.com/news/member/713135843/927617


TY, Kat Mosi Y.

 

Ann Sumpter (28)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 4:25 pm
Noted & so happy to hear this!
 

Jaz Rees (5)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 8:06 pm
Great News! Good luck America I know you will put your best vote forward...Jaz
 

Rosemary Rannes (640)
Sunday October 26, 2008, 3:45 pm
Unadetiyi sgv ! Celebrate ! "Black Eagle" , Barack Obama and Joe Biden will renew and restore not only broken promises but heal the sense of hopelessness within the hearts and minds of those, Navajo and Native Americans within all Tribes, enabling their Spirit to soar!
Wado sweet sis for this incredible news !
 

maggie t. (45)
Monday October 27, 2008, 12:28 am
I hardly dare to leave a comment, not being an american. but reading all your positive comments I just hope that you will not get disappointed again.
Reading about how much money Obama keeps bringing up I wonder...where does it come from? Is it really necessary to spend that much where on the other hand people and animals starve ? Why could Hillary not bring up that kind of money? Sorry - but I am looking at Obama a little different from the distance . Yes, I am aware, that under no circumstances any normal human being can vote for mccain/palin and I am lucky that I am not in your shoes but I hate to see the American people geting scr....again...
 
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