While in the Senate, Daschle worked to secure more funding for Indian-related health issues. Along those lines, he tried unsuccessfully to get Congress to add billions in funding to the IHS budget and to pass legislation to modernize the agency.
Tribal leaders from Daschle’s home state predicted that his placement at the top health agency in the country would positively impact reservations and Indian people in general.
“It can do nothing but help,” said Robert Cournoyer, chairman of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.
“Mr. Daschle is fully aware of all that’s happening out here in Indian country. I think Mr. Obama made an excellent choice.”
For more on the subject, see The 2008 Presidential Campaign.
P.S. Now that've we elected Obama, should we rename the White House the Biracial House? ;-)