Obama, Clinton Court American Indian Vote
June 2, 2008, 2:47 PM
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are courting the American Indian vote as they seek their party's nomination for the White House.
In a tight Democratic race, American Indians living in poor conditions on isolated prairie reservations could have a pivotal voice in the selection of a presidential candidate.
As a result, they're hearing a lot of promises from politicians: better health care, improved housing and stepped-up law enforcement in Indian country.
Indian communities appear split between the two Democrats.
Clinton, Obama and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain have all promised to create a new White House position to oversee Indian affairs.
Jacqueline Johnson is executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. She called it a "phenomenal year" because all three candidates actually know something about Indian country.
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