Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is here to help nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, and he doesn't hold anything back in his praise for the president.
Obama, Baker said here Tuesday, “is the best president for Indian Country in the history of the United States.”
Through the years, Indian tribal chiefs have met a lot of U.S. presidents, but the meetings with Obama have been more than just superficial photo opportunities, Baker said.
“This president has made promises to Indian Country, and he's kept them,” Baker said. “He is a promise keeper. And that needs to be recognized and rewarded.”
Since his election, Obama has directed his agencies to incorporate tribal input on a broad range of issues.
The Obama administration made Indian Country a significant part of the stimulus and health reform legislation.
And it resolved long-running lawsuits involving Indians and the federal government, including the one involving the mismanagement of individual Indian trust accounts.
The administration also helped push major legislation on tribal justice through Congress, has worked to streamline the leasing process for Indian trust land and launched an initiative to improve Indian schools.
I have to say that of ALL of the endorsements that the President has received lately, and I have listed a number of them here, THIS one really impresses me. I mean REALLY impresses me!
Perhaps it is because I live in a state that has a shameful history concerning its treatment of our indigenous population, but I am particularly sensitive to the idea that we owe the native community an incredible amount of restitution for how they were treated.
So seeing how impressed this community is by how this President has respected them makes me even prouder that I have supported him all of these years.
THIS is the kind of man I want running my country. A man who really cares, and does the right thing simply because it IS the right thing to do.