The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Friday, April 11, 2008

Obama & Indian Country

Wampum points out a recent missed opportunity in Montana for Obama to hit an easy one out of the park when questioned about the Cobell Trust lawsuit. Obama's a smart guy; given the setting, how could he have not been at least briefed on this issue? A simple, "I fully support the rights of Native Americans who have suffered when the federal government failed to live up to its responsibilities," would've been great. Especially considering that the Bush Administration just responded with insults and mockery to the Cobell plaintiffs' offer to settle for, essentially, 50 cents on the dollar. Indian votes could be very important in states like Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Colorado in a tight election. I'm just sayin'...

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