Leaders: ‘What side of history do we want to be on?’
“You know, that is who we are—we are earmarks!” she said. “He refuses to stand up for us and give us the funding that we deserve. He’s not going to turn around in the next four or eight years and remember us.”
When he went to school he had to rely on scholarships, Garriott said, and being a half-white, half-black man, he is no stranger to ridicule and prejudice. “We all know that when we go into a store in a big city, people look at us differently. I used to go the border towns and people would follow me around in the store because I had dark skin and long hair. We all know what those experiences are like.
“Senator Obama has gone through those same experiences.”
Garriott said it is those experiences that have helped Obama forge his Indian policy, “which many throughout the country say is the most progressive Indian policy that we have seen in history.” He recognizes Navajo Nation sovereignty and he recognizes the Treaty of 1868 which the Nation signed with the federal government, Garriott said.
For more on the subject, see The 2008 Presidential Campaign.