Native American Superdelegate Endorses Barack Obama

May 05 2008 Published by under Featured News

Kalyn Free, a superdelegate and at large member of the DNC, has endorsed Barack Obama today. Free is the founder and President of INDN’s List, an organization dedicated to training and recruiting Native American political candidates.

“Barack Obama is a once-in-a-generation kind of leader and the best hope the American people have to rebuild the erosion our collective foundation has endured the last eight years,” Free said.

Free mentioned Obama’s commitment to American Indian issues, “As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, I am proud of what it means to be an American Indian. I am proud Barack Obama is committed to our unique issues and willing to tackle our toughest problems, from historical inequities and injustices to contemporary issues, like protection of our right to tribal self-determination, access to health care for our elders, and education for our children.”

She said Obama offered American Indians a new kind of politics, “Senator Obama is committed to bringing American Indians into the national discussion and into the political process as voters, organizers, and leaders. He will start a two-way dialogue with Tribes by coming to Indian Country to seek solutions for our unique issues and by bringing Indians into his administration. For centuries the First Americans have had politicians talk to them, not with them. That kind of politics-as-usual leadership hasn’t worked for Indian Country, and it isn’t working for America. Senator Obama will forge a new era for the First Americans by looking for answers in Indian Country, not from Washington lobbyists.”

As these endorsements keep coming in, we are seeing an entire multicultural landscape of support for Obama. He has a basic message that cuts across whatever might divide us.

As an American it is great to see this diverse coalition come together to try and build a better, stronger nation. By the numbers, she is Obama’s 258th superdelegate, and he is now 276 delegates short of the nomination.

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