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New Mexico Delegations Meet Along With The Native American Caucus
(2008-08-27)
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HOST LEAD: Senator Ken Salazar will be handing over Colorado's delegation vote at the Pepsi Center tonight as Democrats officially nominate Barack obama.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner is at the convention and has more on yesterday's activities.

(Sounds from Denver)
SARAH: The streets of downtown Denver are packed day and night with people, vendors of all kinds, and every mode of transportation you can imagine.
But the roads aren't the only places filled with energy. The Pepsi Center was jammed packed with delegates, guests of honor and just average joes trying to sneak a peak at the all-stars of politics and journalists. Walking shoulder to shoulder on the floor of the center I watched President Bill Clinton rile up the crowd of estimated 21,000 plus people. Others who spoke at the Pepsi Center last night were Senator John Kerry, Representative Chet Edwards and other notable democrats. Absent from the scheduled line up was New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Some New Mexico delegates appeared disappointed but Chair of the New Mexico Democrats Brian Colon said Governor Richardson will most likely be rescheduled to speak tomorrow from Invesco Field.
At the Crowne Plaza hotel yesterday members of the New Mexico delegation held their third daily caucus.
Governor Richardson, Congressman Mark Udall and Colon handed over New Mexico's vote last night.
Emet Rudolfo is the chair of San Juan County Democrats and the at large delegate for the 3rd Congressional District pledged to Senator Hilary Clinton.
His eyes teared as he talked about the importance of this election and the unity that Senator Clinton spoke about last night.
EMET RUDOLFO: IT'S JUST SO EXCITING AND EMOTIONAL TO ME WITH MY TWO DAUGHTERS OF MEXICAN DECENT. AND TO KNOW THAT HOPEFULLY IN THEIR LIFETIME THEY'RE 7 AND 5 THAT THEY WONT REMEMBER A COUNTRY THAT DIDN'T HAVE THESE OPPROTUNITIES FOR MINORITIES AND WOMEN THAT ANYONE CAN BE PRESIDENT. AND WE'VE ALWAYS HAD PARENTS AND TEACHERS TELL US THAT BUT I THINK THAT THIS ELECTION CYCLE HAS PROVEN THAT IT TRULY IS POSSIBLE.
There is no shortage of passion as Joe Garcia, President of the National Congress of American Indians talks about the importance of encouraging the Native vote in tribal land at yesterdays First Americans Caucus.
JOE GARCIA: WE'VE REALIZED AS INDIAN COUNTRY AND THE LEADERS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN VOTING HAVE REALIZED THAT WE'VE GOT TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT TO OUR PEOPLE. AND IT'S GOING TO BE A TRANSITION STATE FOR ALL OF US AND I COME FROM NEW MEXICO AND SO BECOME SO INVOLVED OVER THE COURSE THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGNING AND WHAT NOT, BUT THE EFFORTS JUST HAVE BEEN MONUMENTAL FROM INDIAN COUNTRY.
The Native American caucus was opened with a prayer from Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Ernest House Sr.
Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro then announces some of the final plank issues of the Democratic platform discussed at Monday's caucus.
MARK MACARRO: AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE TRIBES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SOVERIEGN SELF GOVERNING COMMUNITIES AND WE HAVE AFFIRMED THEIR INHERENT RIGHT TO SELF GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS THE UNIQUE GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT RELATIONSHIP THEY SHARE WITH THE UNITED STATES. IN EXCHANGE FOR MILLIONS OF ACRES OF LAND, OUR NATION PLEDGED TO PROVIDE CERTAIN SERVICES IN PERPATUITY. WE WILL HONOR OUR NATIONS TREATY AND TRUST OBLIGATIONS BY INCREASING RESOURCES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH CARE, INDIAN EDUCATION AND OTHER IMPORTANT SERVICES.
Southern Ute Indian Tribe Chairman Clement Frost says that some of the Democratic Party's platform issues address concerns of Southern Ute tribal members.
CLEMENT FROST: THE THINGS THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IN OUR COUNCIL MEETINGS THE CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR COUNCIL MEETINGS; TRUST RESPONSIBILITIES, THE SOVERIGNTY AND MANY OF THE FEDERAL PROGRAM CUTS THAT HAVE AFFECTED OUR TRIBES THOSE NOW WE CAN HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A WAY OF PRESENTING THEM TO THE NEW ADMINISTRATION.
Two percent of Colorado's total voting population is Native, while the 22 tribes in New Mexico make up 11 percent of total voting population.
Garcia says the apathy in Native voting is because of how Indians were treated in the past.
GARCIA: THERE'S BEEN HISTORICAL TRAUMA. BUT PEOPLE HAVE NOT REALIZED THAT THERE'S JUST TRAUMA AND YOU LEARN THOSE THINGS BY BEING A PART OF A SYSTEM THAT TEACHERS HOWEVER IT'S GOING TO TEACH. WE'VE ALL BEEN APART OF THAT. SO WE'VE ALL BEEN PARTLY GUILTY FOR NOT MOVING OUR EFFORTS AS MUCH AS WE SHOULD BUT WE'RE BEYOND THAT.
137 tribal delegates from across the country are among those who participated in this convention and the acclamation of Barack Obama at Pepsi Center.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner
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