Candidates Plan S. D. Visits, Target Native Americans - Native Journalist On Campaign Trail
From Indian Country Today
By Journal staff and wire reports
South Dakota Democrats have a lot to look forward to this week, starting Wednesday with former President Bill Clinton's return visit to Pine Ridge, and continuing Thursday with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's second visit to South Dakota in a week.
On Friday, Sen. Barack Obama plans stops in Watertown, Sioux Falls and possibly Aberdeen, and members of the Kennedy family plan to visit western South Dakota on Obama's behalf.
Bill Clinton, who addressed 1,500 people in Rapid City on Saturday in support of his wife's presidential candidacy, plans to speak at Pine Ridge High School at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Clinton campaign said Tuesday.
Details and the location of Hillary Clinton's Thursday visit were not released as of Tuesday evening.
Democratic front-runner Obama is scheduled to make his first campaign stops in South Dakota as both he and Clinton battle for delegates in the state's June 3 primary.
He is scheduled visit the Watertown area Friday morning and Sioux Falls in the evening. Details were still being worked out Tuesday, his campaign said.
Earlier, Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen said the Obama campaign had been in contact about a potential visit to Aberdeen, the home of former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, an Obama supporter.
Also on Friday, Ethel Kennedy, 80, widow of the late U.S. senator and 1968 presidential contender Robert F. Kennedy, and Max Kennedy, 43, the ninth of Ethel Kennedy's 11 children, were scheduled to appear in western South Dakota in support of Obama's candidacy.
They plan to attend a community coffee at The Journey Museum in Rapid City on Friday morning and two events in Pine Ridge on Friday afternoon, the Obama campaign said in a news release.
Kiowa Journalist Will Spend Next Six Months Covering Presidential Campaign
Tristan Ahtone, a journalist with PBS "Newshour" and member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, will spend the next six months covering the 2008 Presidential Election from an Indian Country perspective.
He will be covering many key issues affecting Natives, including past campaign promises to tribes, what Natives are looking for in candidates, and other issues facing tribes with the election of a new president.He is looking for Native voices on many issues, including, but not limited to, environment, education, healthcare, and energy.
He is also seeking tribal members who have been contacted by the campaigns, know someone who works for a campaign, or are aware of anyone on their tribal council who has publicly endorsed a candidate.
Tristan is currently working in Montana and South Dakota covering the upcoming Democratic primaries. Anyone interested in participating in this unique opportunity to help represent Native voices in politics is welcome to contact him at (917) 622-4799, or via his e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on Tristan's work, visit his website at
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