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Senator's wife in Aberdeen to help youths on reservations (Dems "buying" votes on reservations)
Aberdeen American News (Tom Daschle's hometown paper) ^ | Oct. 19, 2002 | Christian RIchardson

Posted on 10/19/2002 2:02:33 PM PDT by jwalburg

Children to receive coats, supplies

Some South Dakota children who need a pair of gloves or a new coat to protect them from the winter cold or even a new toy may easily turn to their parents.

But on South Dakota Indian reservations the average annual family income hovers around $4,000, according to the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board.

With such a low income, many Indian children don't receive winter clothing, blankets or even toys.

But if it's up to Barbara Johnson, the wife of U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., life for these youths will change.

She came to the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board, 220 S. Main St., Friday bearing good news for children on South Dakota's Indian reservations.

"Today's a day. . . when a dream comes true," Barbara Johnson said.

She officially announced

the beginning of the distribution of $250,000 in supplies for children on reservations across the state donated with the help of Kids In Distressed Situations Inc.

The list of goods includes blankets, gloves, coats, hats and toys.

"The faucet is on," said Mark Gelber, president of Kids In Distressed Situations. "It will continue to flow."

The New York City-based Kids In Distressed Situations, also known as KIDS, is a not-for-profit organization that assists needy children through the generosity of manufacturers and retailers.

The idea to bring the help of KIDS to South Dakota originated on the Pine Ridge American Indian Reservation.

"We had a vision," said Frederick Cedar Face, program manager with Northern Plains Healthy Start on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Cedar Face said the idea first began when Indian officials were searching on the Internet for assistance and found the KIDS organization. Then, he said, they contacted KIDS and Barbara Johnson.

Many speakers in Aberdeen on Friday attributed the success of bringing the program to South Dakota to both Tim and Barbara Johnson.

Cedar Face was enthusiastic about bringing the coats and toys to the children on the reservations.

"I'm touched, I'm honored," Cedar Face said. But "more especially it's for the betterment of our people."

Before the much needed supplies could come to Aberdeen, which will act as the state's supply headquarters for the donations, $25,000 was needed to cover the shipping expense.

Barbara Johnson said she got on the phone and contacted several organizations and companies, such as Wells Fargo Bank, seeking donations.

"Essentially, every person I called came forward and said, 'I want to be part of this program,'" she said.

Gelber said the easy part of the project was sending the supplies.

"Then, the really fun job of getting the products to the kids takes place," he said.

KIDS started in 1985 sending $600,000 in clothes, shoes and toys to children in Ethiopia and mud-slide victims in South America. This year $50 million in help was distributed.

"The fact that we actually pulled this off and had the coats here today is a total miracle," Barbara Johnson said.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: barbarajohnson; election; johnthune; reservations; timjohnson; votefraud
What timing! $250,000 worth of votes expected. "The faucet is on" but will stop right after the election. How transparent! These Democrats assume that Indians are stupid and can be bought right before an election. This could backfire.
1 posted on 10/19/2002 2:02:33 PM PDT by jwalburg
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To: jwalburg
The have had six years to do this. Who do they think they are fooling?
2 posted on 10/19/2002 2:11:41 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: billhilly
They are fooling the fools who believe this crap. Democrat Indians make $4000.00 a YEAR.....16 year old kids working part time in the summer can make that if they work hard and don't act like a victim!

Plantation INDIANS.......Idiots.

3 posted on 10/19/2002 2:15:40 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: jwalburg
There's nothing the Democraps won't stoop to to get re-elected..........This is such a farce.........Interesting this is happening JUST BEFORE the election....Using under-priviledged Indian children to enhance their images....Get the Hook!! Go Thune!!
4 posted on 10/19/2002 2:17:13 PM PDT by Uff Da
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To: jwalburg
Helping with the absentee ballots is she?
5 posted on 10/19/2002 2:17:31 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: jwalburg
Maybe if they didn't elect so many democrats they would be making more than $4,000 a year.

"Daddy, are we democrats because we are poor, or are we poor because we are democrats?"

6 posted on 10/19/2002 2:38:19 PM PDT by Blue Screen of Death
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To: jwalburg
People rarely question the motives of people who give all year round...it is those opportunistic givers who raise eyebrows.
7 posted on 10/19/2002 2:39:40 PM PDT by lsee
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To: jwalburg
Mark Gelber, president of Kids In Distressed Situations, gives money just before the election to help re-elect Tim Johnson and ensure that the Supreme Court continues to support the "right" to kill kids.
8 posted on 10/19/2002 2:56:58 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: jwalburg
"The faucet is on," ........ "It will continue to flow."

Now does that sound like a Democrat, or what? Give away something that was never personally theirs in the first place!

KIDS started in 1985 sending $600,000 in clothes, shoes and toys to children in Ethiopia and mud-slide victims in South America.

Well, if there's another natural disaster somewhere in the world, I guess the children will have to wait. The Democrats need the votes. Besides, Democrats think they all should have been aborted anyway.

9 posted on 10/19/2002 3:06:45 PM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: jwalburg
Wouldn't this need to reported as a campaign contribution? Is this a preview of how the Dems will slither around campaign finance reform?
10 posted on 10/19/2002 3:10:28 PM PDT by chnsmok
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To: jwalburg
If the $4,000 annual FAMILY income figure is correct, that means the Democratic party -- which paid Becky Red-Earth Villeda approximately $12,000 for a few months work according to reports -- is either really overpaying its workers or was up to to something more than a little fishy.
On second thought, nevermind, nothing to see here. Keep moving along.
11 posted on 10/19/2002 3:16:59 PM PDT by Steve_Stifler
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To: jwalburg
The Casinos on the Rezs are raking in billions...so where is it all going?
12 posted on 10/19/2002 4:05:27 PM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: joesnuffy
The Casinos on the Rezs are raking in billions...so where is it all going?

Into tribal coffers.

Tribalism ensures no one does better than any other member of a tribe. It is the ultimate form of communism; each according to ability, each according to need, all suffering equally.

To find personal success a Native American must leave the reservation, period.

13 posted on 10/19/2002 4:27:04 PM PDT by goody2shooz
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To: jwalburg
Doesn't the government spend billions on welfare? And what is the budget of the Bureau of Indian Affairs? It seems none of the government aid is getting to the poor. Only private donations are getting through.
14 posted on 10/19/2002 4:30:05 PM PDT by Number_Cruncher
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To: jwalburg
It's a step up for the Democrats to buy votes. The usually steal them.
15 posted on 10/19/2002 4:30:19 PM PDT by Savage Beast
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To: Savage Beast
It's a step up for the Democrats to buy votes. The usually steal them.

LOL! Great comment!

16 posted on 10/19/2002 4:46:36 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: jwalburg
The timing on this is astonishingly brazen, but it needs to have the right spin on it. Thune should lamblast Daschle and Johnson ...get Indian voters on the warpath ..because the democrats in power have denied their children this largesse for so long. It's a crime how neglectful Daschle and Johnson have been!! Lookie here: Democrat Senator Dorgan got his share to North Dakota Indian children over a year ago!!!

"K.I.D.S. Partners with Great Plains Food Bank to Distribute Clothes & Toys to Needy Children
By Helmut Schmidt, Summer 2001

The Great Plains Food Bank already feeds the hungry throughout the region. Now it’s aiming to warm children’s bodies and souls.

Working with K.I.D.S., a New York-based charity, Sen. Byron Dorgan and four corporate sponsors, the Great Plains Food Bank announced that it will distribute new clothing, toys, shoes, books, beds, car seats and other products to needy children in North Dakota and part of western Minnesota.

Steve Sellent, program director of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota’s Great Plains Food Bank, said about $200,000 worth of materials — more than a semi trailer load — has been received. Some $500,000 in goods is expected to be arrive at the Food Bank this year. “I don’t think it took us a second to decide to get involved in the program,” Sellent said. “We think it’s going to be fun.”

K.I.D.S. stands for Kids In Distressed Situations. K.I.D.S. President Mark Gelber said the organization takes donations of products from about 300 manufacturers and retailers and distributes them around the nation and the world.

K.I.D.S. started in 1985, focusing on the nation’s largest cities.But as is has grown, it has shifted some of its focus to rural areas. Gelber said K.I.D.S. figures there may be 50,000 children living in poverty or near poverty in North Dakota who could use the donated goods.

“There’s no seconds. There’s nothing damaged. It’s the kind of thing that would make a child or a parent happy,” Gelber said. Both Sellent and Gelber credit Dorgan with making the partnership possible. Dorgan said the program will be a great help for American Indians on reservations in North Dakota and other children around the state.

Dorgan said having good clothing can increase a child’s sense of self-worth. A toy can bring “a measure of joy.” Dorgan praised local sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Community First Bankshares, MDU Resources Group and Alerus Financial. “This represents the best of our country,” Dorgan said. “Children are all of our responsibility ....."

17 posted on 10/19/2002 5:10:49 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: jwalburg
"what timing"

That was just what I was thinking! LOL

These people are so pathetic! They think we don't see why they are doing this. Besides, the lady the dems PAID to register the people on the reservation, botched it up big time. I wouldn't be so friendly with the reservation if I were the dems - it already has a bad stink to it.
18 posted on 10/19/2002 5:24:59 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: YaYa123
http://www.lssnd.org/newsletter.asp?NewsLetterID=37

Shame on Daschle/Johnson!!! These poor little South Dakota Indian children should have gotten their share of the hand out over a year ago!!

19 posted on 10/19/2002 5:26:14 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: jwalburg
Can we thank Custer for this...
20 posted on 10/19/2002 5:34:13 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: jwalburg
If she really wants to buy votes she should give the indians booze. South Dakota has a problem with druken indians. Trust me I was almost hit by one who was drinking a bottle of booze while driving.
21 posted on 10/19/2002 5:58:24 PM PDT by Dengar01
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To: Dengar01
Nearly 1/3 of adult Indians are considered alcoholic.

Governor Thomas E. Dewey of NY was once accused of trying to outpromise the Democrats. The liberal Republican replied: "A Republican cannot outpromise a Democrat if he tried, because a Democrat will say anything, do anything to obtain a vote."

22 posted on 10/19/2002 6:11:51 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: jwalburg
from the same article I quoted a few replies back, which was written in the summer of 2001, "The organization now works in every state but South Dakota, Wyoming and Hawaii." Does that make Johnson and Dashcle look bad, or what?

I'm telling you, if Democrats intend this giveaway as a bribe, then they've handed republicans a great campaign issue. The headline in next week newspapers should read:

"Democrat Senators Johnson and Daschle Delinquent
Delivering The Goods To Indian Children of South Dakota

The charity, K I D S, is recognized as a worthwhile project, the crime is that in this instance, Democrats are misusing it for political advantage. I hope Republicans are smart enough to capitalize on it without looking like they don't want "the children" to go without.

23 posted on 10/19/2002 6:30:57 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: jwalburg
One of my uncles, a staunch Republican and devout Catholic, has been doing just this kind of thing for years - gathering cast-off bedding from hotels, excess food from restaurants, etc, and bringing it to an Indian reservation near where he lives, without any fanfare or press releases.

I think it was demonstrated at a recent Freep that when there's no camera, there's no charity from Democrats.
24 posted on 10/19/2002 8:43:50 PM PDT by mvpel
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To: jwalburg
But on South Dakota Indian reservations the average annual family income hovers around $4,000

What?
They haven't discovered casinos yet?

25 posted on 10/20/2002 3:58:48 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: jwalburg
The trouble is.....a lot of indians will vote for johnson, because his wife is such a "nice lady" because she brought all those things for the kids. I know.........I've seen this type of thing happen in our village. The average Indian on a reservation pays no attention to politics and can't tell who their senator or representative is. So, Johnson will benefit from his wife's schrewdness. I don't believe Mr. Cedar Face thought of KIDS all by himself.
26 posted on 10/20/2002 7:43:55 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: jwalburg
I don't see where anythind being done is illegal or unethical.

Why haven't any Republicans done this, before this?

The only reservations I have any knowledge of are in NM and AZ. The casino revenues enhance the economics of a few tribes, but many are indeed, dirt poor. There is no reason to doubt the low annual income figure stated.

If we as conservatives continue to scoff and ridicule the success of the liberals in their efforts to recruit more liberals we will be even further behind.

just my 2 cents
27 posted on 10/20/2002 10:57:12 AM PDT by There's millions of'em
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To: billhilly
The indians on the reservation thats who they think they are fooling & it's working . As a child I got to visit the wounded Knee reservation in S.D. saw folks living housing you or I would be ashamed to keep animals in ! That is what 100 plus years of the govt. giving a da*n whether you live or die gets you . I will NEVER let the govt. 1. disarm me 2. put my a$$ into a ghetto or reservation it is far better to go down swinging than to live like they do on the reservation.
28 posted on 10/20/2002 4:20:50 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: joesnuffy
Not all reservation or Indian tribes have casino gambling just those that can pay the BRIBE money to the Bureau of Indian Affiars the single most corrupt agency in the entire United States Govt.
29 posted on 10/20/2002 4:23:43 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: jwalburg
You can be assured that Billbilly & Hillbillery are advising this bunch.
The command from above is: "Victory by any means necessary (short of murder...if it comes to that, leave that up to us)."
30 posted on 10/21/2002 5:11:10 PM PDT by RadicalRik
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To: jwalburg
Yep ...those millions taken in every week from Casinos just doesnt seem to be making it down to the locals...why is that..
Well it is..but its gettin pissed away...always been that way...and I suspect it always will be..
Dems are pretty compassionate arent they...specially with other peoples money...
These are politicians of the old order passing out a couple of bucks to each hand pumped right on election day...
31 posted on 10/21/2002 7:18:21 PM PDT by joesnuffy
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