First, Ben Nighthorse Campbell explains how Sarah Palin supports Native rights:
Nighthorse Campbell: Governor Palin supports Native communities
To be fair, I am sure that most Alaska Native communities would have preferred that the state had taken a position that made Native subsistence practices a priority over all others. With many Alaska Natives being “rural residents,” they benefit significantly from the subsistence preference in ANILCA.
However, that federal law provides rights for all rural residents; and as governor, Palin is responsible to advocate for the interests of all Alaskans, Native and non-Native.
Then there's the Bush/McCain failure to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act:
Stand up, Congress, and pass Indian health legislation
What if your life expectancy was cut by 10 years?
What if someone you love had a brain tumor misdiagnosed as depression?
For American Indians, this is a reality. Thousands upon thousands of Native people are dying, right here in our backyard, because of terrible health care. Most Native communities have only one doctor and that one doctor sees 10 people a day. Indian country’s health care system is Indian country’s health care system is so poor that cancer is being misdiagnosed as depression.
Guest letter: How an earmark can be worth every penny
The Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC) of Minneapolis was awarded a federal earmark in the 2008 session to help us develop a culturally appropriate, gender-specific dual diagnosis treatment program for American Indian women that incorporates a sexual violence intervention. To our knowledge, this treatment model does not exist, yet presents a holistic approach to healing a population disproportionately affected by sexual violence, chemical dependency and mental illness.