Obama Joins Crow Nation, Eyes Policy Change - 15th Mother Earth Conference - Free Leonard Peltier
Mon May 19, 2008 7:18pm EDT
By Jeff Mason
CROW AGENCY, Mont., May 19 (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama became an honorary member of an American Indian tribe on Monday and promised a proactive policy to help tribal people if he wins the White House in November.
The Illinois senator who is leading rival Hillary Clinton in their race for the party's presidential nomination, joined the Crow Nation, a tribe of some 12,100 members in Montana, taking on a native name and honorary parents in a traditional ceremony.
Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, was "adopted" by Hartford and Mary Black Eagle and given a name which means "one who helps all people of this land."
"I was just adopted into the tribe, so I'm still working on my pronunciation," Obama told a crowd after stumbling over some of the native names.
"I like my new name, Barack Black Eagle," he said. "That is a good name."
Many in the audience wore traditional feather headdresses and some banged drums ahead of Obama's visit, the first by a presidential candidate to the Crow Nation.
Obama held rallies throughout Montana, which holds its primary election on June 3.
The state is home to some 60,000 American Indians, making them a key swing vote, according to Dale Old Horn, 62, a spokesman for the Crow Nation.
Obama said he would appoint a Native American adviser to his senior White House staff if he wins and would work on providing better health care and education to reservations across the country.
"Few have been ignored by Washington for as long as Native Americans, the first Americans," Obama said.Old Horn said the tribal members related to Obama because of his background.
"His heritage of being poor, of being an outsider, you know those two things are the commonalities that he has with us," he said. "We've always been treated like outsiders when it comes to government policy. In addition to that, we all grew up poor."
(editing by Philip Barbara)
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Free Leonard Peltier!
Submitted by Havey Arden
Hey --check out this powerful prayer for Leonard from the daily meditation sent out by my good friend Chi at firstname.lastname@example.org . It seems to me the Christian community in this country, and ALL of us, following Chi's example, might successfully appeal to President Bush for Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier as a sacred political act, symbolically taking Leonard down from his Cross.
Leonard has an official parole hearing in December 2008--last month of Pres. Bush's presidency. His next such hearing, should this one fail, will not be until 2017--when Leonard will be 73 years old (he's been in prison since he was 31). It's time for all of us--and EACH of us--to ACT NOW-TODAY! to free our Brother.
I fondly imagine the nationwide Christian community gently imploring the President to free this martyr of his People. This can be done by simply FWDing this email prayer to email@example.com with a KINDLY personal request from YOU that he release Leonard, followed by this short and wondrous prayer by Chi. If the lawyers and judges can't free Leonard, I believe this prayer by millions of us in unison could and would. If your heart tells you to take this simple prayerful act of FWDing this email to the President, please CC me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can keep vague track of what's happening. Please CC or FWD this message to friends and family and whomever you know with a good heart.
Become part of One Great Universal Prayer for Leonard!
Your brother & Leonard's,
And Lord, comfort our brother Leonard this morning.
Hold Him in Your Loving Arms and grant him peace.
And then free our brother Father.
Free him and send him home to his family and to his people.
Oh Lord Jesus, You alone know the heart of a man. You alone see the tears of each human being held in bondage, each prisoner unjustly and unfairly accused.
Ease all their burdens this morning, Oh Great Lover of a Wounded Heart.
Ease not only their hurts this morning, but heal the hurts and wounds of their loved ones.
Today we feel freed by the Loving and Comforting Prayers of Christ Jesus.
Walk in peace today family,
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