Campaign organizers also arranged for an interview with Obama’s chief of staff, Pete Rouse.
Finally, an interview was scheduled with Obama himself when he spoke in Missoula.
But when I contacted Clinton organizers about her Native policy platform, the reaction was slow.
I asked if she had a senior policy adviser. I was told yes--but no name was offered.
It seemed a great secret. I asked several people, including some of Clinton’s staunchest Native allies in Montana. No one knew if she had a Native policy adviser.
Finally, a spokesman told me to expect a call from Arlan Melendez, chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Nevada. The call arrived two hours before my deadline.