Published June 2, 2016
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – American Indian leaderss of most of the American Indian tribes based in North Dakota and South Dakota endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States on Wednesday. Clinton, who is the front runner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, was praised for her experience at various posistions, including having served as a U.S. senator from New York and U.S. Secretary of State. They also cited her commitment to work on behalf of tribes as a reason to endorse her candidacy.
On Friday, Chairman Harold Frazier of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Councilman Ken Hall of MHA Nation will hold a press conference call to discuss their support for Hillary Clinton.
“I am honored to join my fellow Tribal Chairmen in supporting Secretary Clinton for president,” Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier said. “Secretary Clinton has shown through her decades of public service her respect for tribal sovereignty and the sacred trust between the United States and our native nations. As president, Secretary Clinton will be a strong voice for Indian Country.”
“Hillary Clinton represents positive opportunity for continued economic and social development in Indian Country,” Chairman Mark Fox of MHA Nation said. “She has a proven track record in supporting legislation and initiatives that benefit indigenous nations throughout the United States. Her leadership has demonstrated a willingness to work with all minorities and people of color. She strives to combat the racism and inequality that have plagued our country for far too long.
“In simplest terms, Hillary Clinton supports Native America, and it is obvious that her opponent Donald Trump does not. A fact we know he will never deny or seek to change, and our indigenous peoples will remind him of his short-comings in November.
“The first woman president of the United States, Hillary Clinton, is the first choice for progression, not regression, of the American dream for all!”
A list of tribal leader endorsements includes representations from 10 of the 13 American Indian tribes in the two states:
South Dakota Tribal Leaders
Chairman Harold Frazier, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Chairman Brandon Sauze, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Chairman Anthony Reider, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
Chairman William Kindle, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Chairman Robert Flying Hawk, Yankton Sioux Tribe
North Dakota Tribal Leaders
Chairman Mark Fox, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (MHA Nation)
Councilman Ken Hall, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (MHA Nation)
Chairman Richard W. McCloud, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI)
North and South Dakota Tribal Leaders
Chairman Dave Archambault II, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Chairman David Flute, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
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