Clinton Turns Down 'Prez On The Rez' Forum
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Hillary Clinton (D-New York) became the first major Democratic presidential candidate to turn down the "Prez on the Rez" forum, drawing an angry response from the event's organizers on Wednesday.
Kalyn Free, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, accused Clinton of lacking the "courage to change lives in Indian Country. "I'm both disappointed and astonished that Senator Clinton has turned her back on American Indians," said Free, whose non-profit INDN's List Education Fund (ILEF) is organizing the event.
"By refusing to participate in this historic event, she lost an opportunity to inspire an entire generation of American Indians to engage in the democratic process," added Free, who ran for U.S. Congress in 2002.
Clinton didn't give ILEF a reason for declining the invitation, Dave Parker, the political director for the group, said in an interview. Her campaign didn't return Indianz.Com's request for comment.
But a spokesperson for the campaign gave The Palm Springs Desert Sun a couple of explanations for the decision. "She will not be in California that day," Phil Singer told the paper.
"That's ridiculous," responded Parker, noting that all the candidates were extended an invitation more than six months ago. "It's offensive is what it is."
A second reason was the "labor issue," The Desert Sun reported. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians
, the host of the event, recently signed a gaming compact with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
(R) that labor unions -- the traditional allies of the Democratic party -- oppose.
Parker said ILEF has been reaching out to labor unions to address their concerns. "We see it as an opportunity for a discussion between tribes and labor, assuming both sides want that to happen," he said.
But for Clinton to reject the invitation based on the labor issue speaks to her "shortsightedness," Parker argued. "There are 562 federally recognized tribes," he said. They are coming from all over America for this event."
"It's very shortsighted on her part to say no to this opportunity to reach out to American Indians," Parker said.
After Free announced plans for "Prez on the Rez" back in February, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson
(D-New Mexico), who has a strong record on Indian issues as a former Congressman and former Cabinet official, immediately confirmed. Former Sen. Mike Gravel
(D-Alaska) also said he will attend.
None of the other candidates, however, have committed to the August 23 event, despite strong backing from the Democratic National Committee
and its chairman Howard Dean, a former governor of Vermont who ran for president in 2004.
"If they say no, it's clear what kind of president they're going to be," said Parker.
Free, a former Department of Justice attorney and former district attorney in Oklahoma, founded the Indigenous Democratic Network to train and elect Indian candidates. In 2006, the group helped put 16 Native Americans across the county in office.Candidates: Apply Now For 21st Century Democrats Endorsement
June 7, 2007
by Kalyn Free
As we gear up for the 2008 election cycle, we are working with likeminded activists to find the next round of visionary leaders to elect. Our sister organization and Campaign Camp co-host 21st Century Democrats just released its 2007-2008 candidate questionnaire
to help us find the next generation of Progressive candidates across the country.
Representative Chuck Hoskin, a 2006 INDN candidate, was endorsed by 21st Century Democrats, and our two organizations worked very closely to ensure his election. We look forward to working even more closely with 21st Century Democrats in 2008.
If you're interested in running for office to build Democratic majorities across the country and a better future for all Americans, Apply Today to be an endorsed candidate for 21st Century Democrats! While you're at it, apply to be an INDN candidate and attend Campaign Camp 2007
Please forward this message, with the links to 21st Century Democrat's new endorsement application and to our own, to all the political activists you know.
Leadership is about offering solutions and building the political will to support them. That's why 21st Century Democrats works to elect Democrats who will be leaders inside the Democratic Party on Capitol Hill, in State Houses, counties and cities across the country - Democrats who will take us to the next level.
And by partnering with us at INDN's List we can ensure that many of those leaders are American Indians that will move both Indian Country and America forward to a better future.
To find the kind of candidates we endorse, we need your help to forward this message to people you know who may be thinking about running for office this election cycle.
As a supporter of INDN's List, you know that very often the best leaders are overlooked or ignored by the political establishment - just as our leaders have marginalized Indians for most of our history. 21st Century Democrats will elect candidates who are bold, visionary, authentic leaders - and with INDN's List they will find many of those candidates in Indian Country.
You know your local area, your city, and your state better than any consultants and political insiders - you are the best resource we have.
21st Century Democrats is reaching out to you and our entire network of supporters to help find candidates with a bold vision for America by forwarding this message to anyone who might be a visionary leader.
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Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.indnslist.org/Mary Kim Titla To Run For Congress
Indian Country Today, May 21st, 2007
by Chris Stearns
NativeYouthMagazine.com publisher Mary Kim Titla, familiar to many Arizonans from the NBC news, announced she will be running on the Democratic ticket for Arizona's 1st Congressional District.
PHOENIX - Mary Kim Titla, the founder of NativeYouthMagazine.com and a 20-year veteran of NBC Phoenix and Tucson television news, has announced that she is going to run for Congress. Titla will have to balance her campaign with her duties as publisher of NativeYouthMagazine.com, an online magazine that showcases Native youth in the United States and Canada.
In a press statement, Titla said, ''After much soul searching and prayer and after being encouraged by voters, I am humbled and honored to inform you I have decided to run for Congress for Arizona's First Congressional District as a Democratic candidate.''
Titla later told Indian Country Today, ''This is something that came to me and I believe in responding to a calling. I agree with voters, it's time for new leadership. I believe I am the new face of Arizona leadership.''
Titla is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona and is a respected member of the media in Arizona and Indian country. In 2006, Titla was inducted into the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism's Hall of Fame at the Arizona State University.
Titla jumped into a race that political experts are calling wide open. Arizona's 1st Congressional District sprawls across the Navajo Nation and the San Carlos and White Mountain Apache reservations, and reaches down into the northern and eastern suburbs of Phoenix. The district is currently held by Rick Renzi, R-Ariz.
But Renzi is embroiled in a federal investigation related to misuse of his public office in a 2005 real estate deal. After an April FBI raid on his wife's business office, Renzi stepped down from his key House committee posts, including the Intelligence and Natural Resources committees. More recently, Renzi agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to the Federal Elections Commission and more than $320,000 in back taxes for campaign loans during his 2002 campaign.
Renzi's troubles may cost him his congressional seat. So far, Renzi has resisted calls for his resignation, but Republican party leaders are concerned that if Renzi is not cleared in the federal probe and does not resign, he will limp into the 2008 campaign and lose to the eventual Democratic nominee. If Renzi does resign, the Arizona governor would call for a special election that would result in a primary within 75 - 100 days of his resignation.
There are other Democratic candidates who are considering campaign bids for Renzi's seat, including Renzi's opponent last year, Ellen Simon, who filed papers to run again at the end of April. Other potential candidates include Arizona state Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and former Casa Grande Mayor Bob Mitchell.
Titla's early entry into the race sets off a behind-the-scenes ''invisible primary'' race for endorsements and financial support. But Titla has one advantage that her other opponents do not - her years of television reporting have made her a regular guest in living rooms across Arizona. And the fact that she is part of the television news family makes her candidacy a safe bet to draw lots of coverage by Arizona news outlets.
Titla plans on refining her campaign message while on a ''Hear the People Tour'' across the 1st District in May. She pointed out, ''I will speak out about quality education for our children and strengthening families. Other issues I care about include the war in Iraq and coming up with a plan now to bring our troops home, cleaning up corruption in Washington and making sure your tax dollars are spent wisely.''
Titla knows she has her work cut out for her, but she also has a strong sense of purpose.
When asked why she thinks she can win, Titla responded: ''As a journalist I learned so much about the people of Arizona and their communities. I spoke to them face to face. I was there when good things happened and when tragedy struck. I was passionate about my job. I am now passionate about my journey into politics.''WE HAVE BEEN LIED TO , AGAIN
Your calls are needed now.
Approximately 50 wild buffalo are in the trap near West Yellowstone's airport right now. After all their quotes in papers worldwide promising not to slaughter any buffalo left in Montana, the agencies have back-tracked on their word to the American people and others throughout the world.
MONTANA INTENDS TO SLAUGHTER WILD BUFFALO TODAY.
A Montana Department of LIEStock press release stated they will capture and slaughter any bull bison that are in the small group of approximately 50 still in Montana. They claim the bison trap cannot handle bulls, which is another lie because, as you know, they've captured and sent to slaughter hundreds of bull bison over the years.
Intent to slaughter bull bison was confirmed by officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Bull bison pose no risk of brucellosis transmission. With calving season over, none of the buffalo pose any risk of brucellosis transmission to cattle. There are no cattle on the public lands that wild bison are migrating to.There has never been a confirmed case of wild bison transmitting brucellosis to cattle.
Agencies might also send yearling buffalo to the Corwin Springs quarantine facility, where they will be raised like livestock and used inscientific experiments. Half of all the yearlings sent to Corwin Springs will be slaughtered. Apparently, the agencies will still transport the buffalo mothers andcalves they capture in West Yellowstone to the Park's Stephens Creekbison trap near Gardiner.
Transport is going to be a living hell for these moms and calves who will be separated for the over 150-mile long journey.They will hold the bison captive for a few days before releasing them. BFC patrols are in the field documenting everything and doing a lot of community outreach near the capture facility.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION and attempt to save the lives of these bulls and yearlings. We've done it once, let's do it again. Please spread the word to save this herd!
* MONTANA GOVERNOR BRIAN SCHWEITZER: Ask him why he lied. Demandthat Schweitzer keep his promise to not slaughter any buffalo!
Tell him the solution is in year-round habitat for wild buffalo in Montana.(406) 444-3111 (phone)· (406) 444-5529 (fax) · email@example.com
* MONTANA ACTING STATE VET JEANNE RANKIN: Urge her to withdraw her decision to slaughter Yellowstone bison bulls who pose NO RISK of transmitting brucellosis.
Remind her the whole world is watching!(406) 444-1895 (phone) · * (800) 523-3162 (phone) · * (406) 444-1929 (fax)* firstname.lastname@example.org
* YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SUZANNE LEWIS: · Ask her why she is part of the lie? Do not allow Montana to slaughter bulls or put yearlings in quarantine! These are AMERICA'S last wild buffalo, not Montana's.
Tell her you know the Stephens Creek trap could hold bulls, so there's no reason that Montana should slaughter them!> (307) 344-2002 (phone)· * (307) 344-2005 (fax) · * email@example.com
Thank you for keeping the pressure on these officials! These wild buffalo are the country's last. They have never transmitted the cattle-disease brucellosis back to the cows they got it from. They are native to all of Montana and have a right to roam, especially on our public lands.
SPREAD THE WORD ~ SAVE THE HERD!
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