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Obama, Clinton woo American Indian voters
AP ^ | 6/2/08 | MATTHEW BROWN and MARY CLARE JALONICK

Posted on 06/02/2008 11:20:55 AM PDT by Dawnsblood

The purification ceremony isn't an everyday ritual of U.S. presidential politics.

The newly named Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuuxshish — better known as Barack Obama — faced east, the symbolic source of new life. His adopted Crow father, Hartford Black Eagle, prayed over him.

Afterward, they walked arm-in-arm with Black Eagle's wife, Mary, to a podium, where Obama promised to live up to the meaning of his new name: "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."

"I want you to know that I will never forget you," Obama told the crowd, who had not seen a visitor of such political importance since Lady Bird Johnson came to the Montana reservation in the 1960s. "You will be on my mind every day that I am in the White House."

In a tight Democratic race, American Indians living in poor conditions on isolated prairie reservations could have a pivotal voice in the selection of a presidential candidate. As a result, they're hearing a lot of promises from politicians: better health care, improved housing and stepped-up law enforcement in Indian country.

Their votes could be decisive in the last two Democratic primaries, the June 3 votes in Montana and South Dakota, that Obama would very much like to win to bring him closer to the Democratic nomination. He and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who'd like victories just as much, are wooing the oft-ignored Indian vote — which is small, but big enough to matter this year.

"Indian country could make the difference in South Dakota and Montana, no question about it," said former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, an Obama supporter who narrowly lost re-election in 2004 after campaigning extensively on reservations.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: americanindians; clinton; election; indians; mt2008; obama; sd2008
Welcome Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuuxshish our new Indian overlord :)
1 posted on 06/02/2008 11:20:57 AM PDT by Dawnsblood
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To: Dawnsblood

2 posted on 06/02/2008 11:22:15 AM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: Dawnsblood

OK, I can’t resist. Any suggestions on what Clinton’s Indian name should be?


3 posted on 06/02/2008 11:24:26 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Dawnsblood
Obama, Clinton woo American Indian voters
woo woo woo woo woo woo

(sorry, couldn't resist)

4 posted on 06/02/2008 11:28:57 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Dawnsblood

I’m sick of all this dividing people into convenient groups for political gain. No more racial identity groups!


5 posted on 06/02/2008 11:28:59 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Non-Sequitur

Tuckus Widea ForkTongue


6 posted on 06/02/2008 11:29:26 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

I think it was “Walking Eagle”


7 posted on 06/02/2008 11:29:57 AM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Veteran)
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To: Dawnsblood
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You want us to pick either Clinton or Obama?
8 posted on 06/02/2008 11:30:05 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: Dawnsblood

Dang! I thought the Apsaroke Nation had more sense than to associate with a fraud like Obama . . . .


9 posted on 06/02/2008 11:33:55 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Dawnsblood
Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuuxshish

Actual translation: "Dances With Wolves In Sheep's Clothing"

Just the Crow people, having a little fun with the gullible half-paleface.

10 posted on 06/02/2008 11:33:55 AM PDT by Argus (Obama: All turban and no goats.)
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To: Dawnsblood
WOOOOO!!!


11 posted on 06/02/2008 11:36:59 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Me no bottom man. Me top man.)
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To: FReepaholic
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12 posted on 06/02/2008 11:51:33 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

S*itting Bull.


13 posted on 06/02/2008 11:57:42 AM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: Non-Sequitur
Any suggestions on what Clinton’s Indian name should be?

Buffalo Butt?

14 posted on 06/02/2008 12:00:13 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: Vigilanteman

What! NO firewater at the casino!


15 posted on 06/02/2008 12:07:01 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: Non-Sequitur
Any suggestions on what Clinton’s Indian name should be?

Chief Cigar Smells Like Fish.

16 posted on 06/02/2008 12:16:24 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Bible toting, bitter and armed with slashing sarcasm.)
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To: Non-Sequitur
” Any suggestions on what Clinton’s Indian name should be?”

Some sort of animal name. Like the duck, Old Squaw.

17 posted on 06/02/2008 12:18:24 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Heap Big Cankles


18 posted on 06/02/2008 12:22:08 PM PDT by apillar
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Woo?


19 posted on 06/02/2008 12:56:45 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Hillary Indian name: ThunderSteps
20 posted on 06/02/2008 12:59:20 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Polisher of Turds


21 posted on 06/02/2008 1:15:59 PM PDT by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your tax dollars)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Crazy Horse[’s ass]


22 posted on 06/02/2008 1:16:52 PM PDT by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your tax dollars)
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To: Dawnsblood

The Native American voting block is nearly monolithic to the Dems. Voter fraud and the reservations are no strangers to each other. There is really no need for either candidate to campaign there...


23 posted on 06/02/2008 2:10:25 PM PDT by philled ("I prefer messy democracy to the stability of tyrants." -- Howar Ziad, Iraqi Ambassador to Canada)
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To: Argus

Would be too funny if it was really the translation (although for all I know it is).


24 posted on 06/02/2008 4:20:22 PM PDT by piytar
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