Deron Marquez, former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has just published another call to look at the candidates' deeds, not words. Like Giago, the example he gives is NAGPRA from 1990.
Well, here are some deeds that may matter to today's 18-year-old voters, who weren't alive for McCain's previous accomplishments:
McCain and Obama deliver video messages to NCAI
The American Indians for McCain Coalition finally got off the ground in September, during the RNC. ... By that time, however, Obama had developed a bigger base in Indian Country with First Americans for Obama. He took his campaign to the Crow Reservation in Montana--a first during the presidential race--and had already met with tribal leaders across the nation long before he claimed the Democratic nomination in June.
Obama met with even more tribal leaders only a month ago in New Mexico, after formally accepting his party's nod.
McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), whose husband Todd is part Yup'ik, as his running generated a lot of initial interest but it fizzled after reports of her less than close relationship with Alaska Natives spread throughout Indian Country. Julie Kitka, the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, accused McCain's campaign of smearing a well-respected Native official in a recent opinion piece.
I've met Marquez and know him to be a smart and thoughtful guy. Maybe he was having a bad day when he wrote his piece.
Of course, these postings don't address any of McCain's non-Native deeds. Cutting taxes for the wealthy while Indian Country suffers. Sending troops to Iraq while Osama bin Laden plots in Afghanistan. Implying that he's "pro-America" while Obama is a Muslim and a terrorist. Etc. Conservatives may approve these deeds, but no one else does.
For those who still don't get it, It's the Economy, Stupid. For more on the subject, see The 2008 Presidential Campaign.