January 27, 2007

Hillary follows Iroquois model

Talking with people to reach a consensus:

Hillary’s WayThe candidate herself is going from network interview to network interview, telling the nation that she intends to win over the country the way she won over New York: "I’m going to go into people’s living rooms, into union halls, into church basements and let people ask me anything," Clinton told NBC’s Brian Williams. "And believe me, people have asked me nearly anything."

When she first pondered a Senate run in 2000, she began her research into the state’s history not with the Rockefellers or the Roosevelts but by reading up on the Iroquois Confederacy, a league of Native American tribes that preceded the arrival of Europeans by more than 300 years.


Rob said...

I think it's interesting whenever a president or politician is involved with Indians. Gerald Ford's participation in the Michigamua society is a good example. These items show the influence of Indians on our culture.

voyageur said...

It was Native-related, and it was something I did not know about Hillary, so I "approve this message".

I'minjail said...

We managed to get this question to
her on the live broadcast. Wondering
how many others from the Native Community tried this approach. very effective. We like your blog incidently. A must read!!! Thank You so much.
ForgivenWolf & LyteSpirit,

Question for Hillary submitted live

Rob said...

It's great that you got to ask Hillary a question. It's too bad it wasn't a Indian-related question and she didn't give a Indian-related answer. You could've asked "How do you define tribal sovereignty?"--the question that tripped George W. Bush up. Or "What do you plan to do to resolve the trust-fund debacle?" Or "What's your position on Indians as sports team mascots?"

I often think people should ask presidential candidates Indian-related questions. These questions are important enough that a candidate should be able to answer them, but obscure enough that they might catch the candidate unprepared. Such questions could reveal the depth of a candidate's awareness and understanding of the issues.