Obama’s Support is Widespread in Indian Country

October 17, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today


By the end of September, more than 100 tribal leaders had endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The endorsers included Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., who represents the largest sovereign Indian nation in the country with approximately 300,000 members in southeastern Utah, northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.

Shirley expressed the feelings of many tribal members’ frustration with the policies of the Bush administration and its courts, and their hopes for an improved future.

“For eight years, we have lived with federal policies that erode our culture and language and, therefore, attack our very identity as Native people. It is time for change: a real change! It is time for the United States of America to truly honor its obligations to its Native peoples.

“Sen. Obama understands the uniqueness of Native nations and Native peoples – that is why I support Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States.”