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Obama Adopted Into Crow Nation


Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) arrives for a campaign rally in Crow Agency, Mont., May 19, 2008. (Reuters)

By Matthew Mosk
CROW AGENCY, Mont. -- Sen. Barack Obama became the first American presidential candidate to visit the reservation of the Crow Nation and in doing so was adopted into the nation under the Crow name "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."

Drums pounded and the crowd cheered as Obama was escorted to the podium by his "new parents," Hartford and Mary Black Eagle, in the manner of a groom being walked down the aisle. Obama beamed. His adoptive parents gave Obama hugs as he stepped onto a riser to speak.

"I want to thank my new parents," he said. "The nicest parents you could ever want to know. I like my new name. Barack Black Eagle. That is a good name!"

For all the symbolism -- members of the tribe wore colorful traditional clothing and feathered head-dresses -- Obama addressed some issues of serious concern not only to the 12,100-member Crow Nation but to many Native American tribes around the country.

Obama told those gathered that he intended to acknowledge the "tragic history" of Native Americans over the past three centuries. They "never asked for much, only what was promised by the treaty obligations of their forebears," he said, promising to honor those treaties.

Moreover, he pledged to bring sorely needed "quality affordable health care and a world-class education to reservations all across America. That will be a priority when I'm president."

The visit was meaningful, said Darrin Old Coyote, a member of the tribe who wore an elaborate headdress. "To have us left out all these years, and then for him to come here, it shows respect, and it makes us optimistic," Old Coyote said.

The visit also had political value for Obama. The members of the Crow Nation vote as "a close-knit bloc," Old Coyote said. "Now that Senator Obama is part of the family, that is where we will go."

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I just hope that he lives up to his words, especially the part about honoring treaties, I think that will be a first...

Posted by: vicki | June 6, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The following person is not Apsaalooke, they posted as "CROW INDIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SPEAK". This is a FAKE. The reason why I know is because the Apsaalooke would not post such a negative comment. The tribal govt endorsed OBAMA as well as did the people of the tribe. Hilary is good but our VOTE will go to OBAMA for '08 U.S. President. Go OBAMA!!

Posted by: Crow Country, MT | May 31, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

WORK?
Maybe the reason the crow tribe has such high unemployment, is because a large majority of them do NOT want to work!
Yes, jobs are there, and jobs are offered!
But? one has to show up daily, and W O R K !
Affordable Healthcare?
My goodness! has anyone visited the wonderful healthcare facilities out in Crow? The drs. and nurses are dedicated to the care of native americans!
EDUCATION?
Try being a teacher in the Big Horn County schools - again dedicated people!! The children have to have HOME-SUPPORT for them to excel in school. They have to show up on a regular basis and expect the grade penalties if they do not do the homework or attendance requirements! These are the big problems the schools face.
The ONLY thing Obama was going for?
The Indian vote!
Forked tongues promise a lot!!

Posted by: mtVIEWER | May 27, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I've read or skimmed though a lot of comments about what is Indian or Blood count I can't claim Blood or Tribial but I've been treated in a good way or snubbed as a cracker.Although I look just like my Irish mother I had two brothers who looked like Dad.I find that if you look for fault in either it will be there.But if spend your time finding the good in them,thats what you will find.Please please look at the heart not the face.I have spent most of my life among natives and have found that there is always some apples in the mix so relax and give honor to all until they prove they don't deserve it.

Posted by: Tommy Brazelle | May 25, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Also Kalera, An "Indian Nation" is just that. I belong to a SOVEREIGN NATION. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. A seperate political entity. We have our own President, police, firemen, clinics, schools. Does that tell you what an "Indian Nation" is? This "adoption" stunt is just that. Political jive. To all you wanna-bees out there: doesn't happen in real life. Drive to your nearest rez and ask a family to "adopt" you. You might get a few laughs, thats it.

Posted by: Jereamiah | May 23, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Folks talking about "blood Quantum" and that policy being "inherently racist." Well Kalera, the fact that to be a member of a recocnized tribe, you must show proof of ACTUALLY BELONGING to that tribe is racist? Let me guess like others on this board, you are "part Cherokee" right? I myself am a enrolled member of the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Ojibway. That must make me racist. I kid you not, nearly every person I come into contact with claims to be cherokee. I like the guy who says he is 1/256th cherokee. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! What a joke. The Cherokee nation is the single largest population group in the U.S. ya right hahaah. Let me tell you wann-be's something: Real Cherokees don't like it. Just ask one. Real Natives DONT LIKE IT. And all you 'ladies out there that dye your hair black and wear buckskin and neck chokers to pow-wows, the blue eyes give you away every time. Your not native and you never will be. Get over it. If you are going to claim to be a Native, at least show some originality and say you are Maidu or Ottowa or Huron. Something besides cherokee PLEASE!!!

Posted by: Jereamiah | May 23, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Alex Hagen,
you know what...never mind, you are not even worth my breath, people like you are the problem. Doesn't matter, your vote is meaningless.

Obama )*

Posted by: Attakapa | May 23, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I understand that Barack Obama coming to Crow Nation is a big step in politics. In fact, I know someone who is Crow and working for Obama's campaign to ensure that he becomes the next president of the United States. I don't want to say that he's better or worse than any other candidate (I voted Hillary myself), but understand that he is young and relatively fresh on the political field. Nonetheless, we should all hope for the best in our future president-to-be.

As for the first president to visit an Indian reservation...well, Obama isn't the first. And if we want to take at face value the visiting of the rez to be a marker of who is a strong candidate, former president Bill Clinton certainly falls under this category for visiting Pine Ridge in the late '90s.

And in response to RegressLess' comments, first about white people helping out Indian people, they've certainly tried. Just look at Termination! This offended me even more:

"As far as giving props to the natives, what makes you special?"

This is the kind of thing that worries me, not only about this one person, but countless people I have met who claim that we Indian people "are just another minority group" or ask things like "why do you get special rights?" This kind of comment, believe it or not, has come from staunch conservatives and (gasp!) people who purport to be politically liberal. And to say that we Indian people are guilty of many unspeakable acts is utterly ridiculous. Understand, Mr. RegressLess, that if you want to use history as a tool for fighting, you'd better know your stuff. White people not entirely guilty? Take a look at the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, the imprisonment of the Chiricahua Apaches and Kiowas at Prison Camps like Fort Marion in Florida, BOARDING SCHOOLS, or Wounded Knee.

On top of this, my bigger worry is the many non-Indian people, whether they support Obama or not (see RegressLess), may not understand the complexity and history of Federal Indian Law and the relationship of Indian Nations to the Federal Government: we are sovereign nations! If you want to know more, check out Felix Cohen. And as a side note, it helps to know that those who pushed for major reforms to support Indian people have been on both ends of our two-sided political spectrum, meaning Democrats AND Republicans.

Posted by: Squaxin Island | May 21, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Crow Tribe Chairman Carl Venne has endored Barack Obama, and I believe the trend has been for tribal councils to support Senator Obama. Attacks on the personal character of candidates are a cheap shot - lets see you address policy and issues - things we can measure - rather than nursing suspicions about the characters of the candidates.

Posted by: alex hagen | May 21, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse


I have heard some good comments about Obama adopted into the Crow trible.

I especialy love the one about him speakig with a forked tongue and that he does. The Crow tribe spoke true.

Indeed, Obama's quest for fire will do him in as it has for "Ted Kennedy" who first endorsed him and tried to stick us patriotic Americans with a "driven" man of unlimited ambition to rule over white people.

Also, with him comes his "iron Fist" subversive wife who pushes her face in where she should not and does not know when to keep her mouth shut.

Undoubtedly, Michele will hold some AIDS fundraisers because Rev Wright has told her that we white folks gave them HIV...


I salute the Crow tribe for seeing thru Obama.

Posted by: WISE OWL 1 | May 21, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I just want to say to many of you, surely not all, that claim to be part Indian... you are probably not. Genetic tests have debunked the great majority of people making this claim that was invariably passed down through the family history.

Posted by: Chris O | May 20, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

As a card carrying person of American Indian descent it is a great honor that Barack Obama was adopted by the Crows.
A good number of tribes are extremely poor.
All do not have or would be able to have a casino on their land.
It is an embarassment to the USA for not having followed through with the treaties.
For placing Japanese/Italian American citizens in camps during WWII.Taking their property/buinesses which were never returned to them.
The Cherokee Nation does NOT allow black Cherokees on the reservation. I know this because a friend's father has a home and BLACK AMERICAN INDIAN MUSEUM outside of the reservation.

Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | May 20, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Crow Nation Guy:

Whats the problem with Obamas speech at the reservation ? He is bringing the issue of broken treaty obligations and the totally screwed up Bureau of Indian Affairs into the election. Even if you don't trust that Obama means it - which you cannot know since we cannot see his soul ! We do know that his professed policy is to right these wrongs -

We can only deal with what we see - the character issue is seperate - what say you!

Posted by: Alex Hagen | May 20, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Gosh. Even when I post just a few light-hearted times, the thread still turns to bashing ME instead of the topic -- if anyone really has an honest question for me, let me know -- but the rest of you guys say that I need a life?!

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the republicans are so afraid of Obama they come on WaPo pretending to be Indians to try and slander him - amazingly desperate.

Posted by: douglasdao | May 20, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama WASN'T the first to visit an Indian Reservation. Not even of the 3 remaining candidates. And remember, the Crow chose Custer, too . . . .

Posted by: Tallchief | May 20, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I AM A CROW INDIAN, AND I LIKE MANY OF MY CROW INDIAN FAMILY ACROSS THE NATION SPEAK OUT IN RESPONSE TO THIS. WE BELIEVE THAT OBAMA IS A STRANGER THAT HAS COME INTO OUR MIDST WITH A SPLIT FORKED TONGUE THAT BELONGS TO A SNAKE AND WILL BRING EVIL TO OUR NATION AND THE NATIVE AMERICANS. THE WIND THAT CARRIES HIS WORDS IS COLD AND THE CLOUDS THAT FOLLOW HIS SHADOW IS BLACK. THE EAGLE SOARS IN A MUCH DIFFERENT DIRECTION TOWARD THE WHITE HOUSE, IT SOARS INTO THE ARMS OF HILLARY CLINT0N. THE CROW NATION HAS SPOKEN AND ALL THE OTHER INDIAN NATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE SPOKEN.

Posted by: CROW INDIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SPEAK | May 20, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Barack Black Eagle", YES, YES, YES !!!!!!
Watch out for the EAGLE to swoop down and 'pluck' "Fishy-McBush" out of the Republican hot waters and devour him - - -

Posted by: Hussien for America | May 20, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Barack Black Eagle congratulations. What a hugh compliment from the original Americans . WE need Barack Obama. A kind, thoughtful, very intelligent man. Fair to all races, men and woman. Help him everyone. He is a very specia person who can unite the world if we give him a chance.

Posted by: Audrey | May 20, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

What a wonderful, touching piece. Imagine that no presidential candidate has ever visited the Crow Reservation. Well, this first shouldn't be the last -- Obama's message resonates with the large majority of Americans who recognize the First Americans have been given a raw deal.

Reading the acidic comments -- hopefully a minority -- see this as a disgrace. They should move back to Germany.

Posted by: crowesq | May 20, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the only people who are against Obama are the bigots. Of course they are against him visiting First Americans, because the bigots hate those people also. The bigots get angrier still that Obama, in transcending bigotry wins acclaim (as he should!) while their own expressions of bigoted ignorance earns them only derision (as it should!).

Posted by: Releasing Bigotry | May 20, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

A lot of bigotry and hate on this site. Congrats to Obama, our next POTUS.

Black Eagle is a wonderful name.

Posted by: Angel | May 20, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

RegressLess wants the Indians to forgive and forget the atrocities.Why don't you walk the walk and forgive Al-Qaeda! Can you do that? learn to get along? How about the Jews and the Holocaust! Why don't you ask them to forget and learn how to get along! May be you should learn a lesson from Obama on how to be respectful of others.You should truly apologize to your landlords, the American Indians, for all the pain and suffering. Peace

Posted by: YourIndianLandLords | May 20, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It is delightful to note that Black Eagle Obama is now adopted into the Crow Nation. Now, I'm just waiting for Hillary, and then John McCain, to eat crow.

Posted by: RJ Kruger | May 20, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Clinton has also taken West Virginia
The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: Jack08democracy | May 20, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, can't resist. Great posts by Jake "Stands with his head like a proctologist's fist" D.

Gonna be an interesting fall.

Posted by: steve boyington | May 20, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Clinton takes Indiana by a 'razor' and Obama wins North Carolina by a huge margin. Nevertheless, Kentucky, Montana and West Virginia are still to come.

The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: feeba | May 20, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

JakeD... Twas a bitter man..
JakeD... Nobody cared

When history looks upon JakeD, they will say ..who???

I'm just sayin'

Posted by: Vance McDaniel | May 20, 2008 4:54 AM | Report abuse

Yes, this seems like a very good thing, but look what taking things at face value has given us. If you ask me, which you wouldn't, Obama is a player, playing a very important game and doing it well. Have you thought for a moment that the reason he met with the Crow people is BECAUSE no one had done it before? It's not genius, but it works! Will shaking hands, charming the ladies, and kissing the babies protect our nation? Have you seen the clips of the fainting women at Obama's speeches? He's playing you and you're eating it up. As far as giving props to the natives, what makes you special? White people helped slaves also and natives as a whole are guilty of many unspeakable acts. You're focusing on only one side of the argument--the one that works best for you. Instead we should stop acting like separatists and start acting like humans. Our native ancestors understood this. I know what happened back in the day was some real evil stuff, but regardless of choice, we share these lands now and we should do our best to get along here. The more we separate ourselves, the more vulnerable we are. Look for the candidate that wants us all to be equal like Ron Paul or Ralph Nader. Don't just love him because he's a charming minority. Peace.

Posted by: RegressLess | May 20, 2008 4:15 AM | Report abuse

This is incredibly historic - and shamefully so. One of the best books I have ever read was an anthropological account of the Crow.

I have always dreamed of being made a brother of the native americans - and for Barack to have this magic thing happen so effortlessly just blows my mind.

I also have been sad that his powerful policy speeches slowed about a week after Cooper Union.

His statements about U.S. Policy towards Native Americans are major policy indeed!

For those interested read "1491" and "500 nations" as well as "Black Elk Speaks"

Really great times for this man from a crowd of 75.000 in beautiful Portland to becoming a brother of the Crow! (Although Crow were not universally loved they were Custers Scouts, there traditional enemies I believe were the Lakota "Sioux" (which is actually an insult). The Crow are a fascinating people who never went to war with the U.S. A Crow never struck a child and there family relations were very complex.

Posted by: alex hagen | May 20, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

This is incredibly historic - and shamefully so. One of the best books I have ever read was an anthropological account of the Crow.

I have always dreamed of being made a brother of the native americans - and for Barack to have this magic thing happen so effortlessly just blows my mind.

I also have been sad that his powerful policy speeches slowed about a week after Cooper Union.

His statements about U.S. Policy towards Native Americans are major policy indeed!

For those interested read "1491" and "500 nations" as well as "Black Elk Speaks"

Really great times for this man from a crowd of 75.000 in beautiful Portland to becoming a brother of the Crow! (Although Crow were not universally loved they were Custers Scouts, there traditional enemies I believe were the Lakota "Sioux" (which is actually an insult). The Crow are a fascinating people who never went to war with the U.S. A Crow never struck a child and there family relations were very complex.

Posted by: alex hagen | May 20, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

How can a man, a product of love between black and white, help America?: Just watch and protect this guy always. It will bring peace in mind.

Posted by: Joseph | May 20, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

How can a man, a product of love between black and white, help America?: Just watch and protect this guy always. It will bring peace in mind.

Posted by: Joseph | May 20, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

How can a man, a product of love between black and white, help America?: Just watch and protect this guy always. It will bring peace in mind.

Posted by: Joseph | May 20, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

How can anyone doubt this man's profound love for this country. He understands the fabric of our beloved country and all its citizens. It is amazing that he is the first presidential candidate to visit the Crow nation, highlighting his ability to bring all Americans together to work for a better nation.

JakeD it is very sad to see how hurt and angry you are. I wish you peace.

Posted by: mlanthier | May 20, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

We are witnessing a thing of beauty, and a step along an old journey that native people and black people have taken together.

Ever since slaves were brought to this country, native people were responsible for liberating countless numbers of African and American-born slaves in raids on settlements and plantations. Untold numbers of runaway slaves found shelter with these kind and generous people, who took them in as family and welcomed them into the tribe, not as slaves but as brothers and sisters, husbands and wives.

For this act of tremendous courage and human kindness, they have received virtually no historical recognition or thanks, as their actions have gone mostly undocumented in our history books and school texts. Most black people today aren't even aware of what the native people of this land did and sacrificed for them. But for those of us who are descended from that union (my paternal great-grandfather was a full-blooded Blackfoot, and my maternal great-grandfather was Choctaw), I'd like to say a personal and long-overdue Thank You.

To the Crow Nation: Thank you for this incredible honor to our future president. With all the insults to his race that he's had to bear, it's beautiful to see that you have not changed, and are still the same generous and extraordinary people who took us in centuries ago and made us welcome. Blessings!

Posted by: Saramarti | May 20, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

It was well worth the wait for his short speech, but I think that some of the Crow dignitaries could have cut their speels a little short, as Barak didn't have a great deal of time, and we all didn't come to hear them speak, but him! And what was the deal with the giving of the beautiful beadwork for his "wives"?!! I hope that America isn't going to think that Native Americans have more than one wife!!!

Posted by: ArtHeart | May 20, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Was John "OLD COOT" McCain there also?

Posted by: Franky | May 20, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

JakeD, so good to hear from you again. So, how's it going with your drive to ban inter-racial marriage? And has your wife recovered from that accidental fall yet? It sounded pretty bad.

Well, keep in touch. Always appreciate your insights.

Posted by: drossless | May 19, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

This man never ceases to amaze me, after Portland I thought nothing could top that, but this, this is just asounding, The first Presidential candidate to ever visit a reservation.

He obviously was deeply honored by his adopotion and receiving his name, but what truly shows is his concern and care for all Americans no matter what race. color, or creed.

Native Americans can be truly proud to have such a man as their President, one of their brothers, an adopted son.

It just confirms how truly blessed America will be with him as President.

Posted by: Larry the Cable Guy | May 19, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

The Black Eagle will soon land on BILLARY Clinton's back!

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | May 19, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be cool if he finds time to visit these adopted parents again? His parents are deceased...

Posted by: Beth in VA | May 19, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud of my beautiful Native people! Barack Obama is the only candidate that has shown where he stands on issues pertaining to Native American communities. It is about time that a reservation was visited, just as the candidates visit areas of the country that are predominately non-Native American communities. We have a voice too, and it is heard every Presidential election.

Posted by: Amanda C | May 19, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama was honored to be brought into the tribe. Now check out McCain , he tried and did steal from the Indians in Arizona to help one of his contributors.
Go ahead, go to the library, [we have one here and it is free,] and check it out. Double Dog dare you.

Posted by: Westexacan | May 19, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

this is beautiful.

Posted by: barackoblogger | May 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Jake D must harbor resentment toward Obama for being black... don't worry, Jake, no one knows how tiny yours is, so it doesn't matter how big Obama is, either. See? You don't matter.

Posted by: Birdy | May 19, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeassD
Do you have a job or are you sponging off of your parents and living in their basement.

Posted by: Busheatspoop | May 19, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Already having the coolest name in the history of presidential politics, Obama raises the bar.

Posted by: Drew | May 19, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The "indian nation"? Is this like the "Asian nation or the "European nation"? The only American indian nation who voted to cease to recognize non-indian descendants of black tribal members (some slaves, MOST NOT... I say this as a descendant of free Black Cherokee landowners) was the Oklahoma Cherokee. I disagree with their decision, but agree with their right to make that vote, especially as it was the US government which first instituted the "blood quantum" policies which restrict tribal membership to those who have genetic descendancy, an inherently racist policy to begin with.

Posted by: Kalera | May 19, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Surely this is a joke. My Father was Viking and my Mother Cherokee, my indian name is Tsagataha (One Who Knows).

Can you not see?

Obama is the end of liberty.

Posted by: Eric Nordstrom | May 19, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

This is rich, not to long ago the Indian Nation voted all ancestors of the "Black Slaves" held by them out of the tribes of which they were members.Now "Black Eagle" is made a member of the tribe, why so he can fly to Washington and and grant more "Blackjack Tables".

Posted by: ZarDotz | May 19, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

JakeD or is it JerkD

Posted by: Whiteman | May 19, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

The third poll in Ohio in a row was released today that shows Obama trailing McCain while Clinton is clearly ahead: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/05/monday-polls-how-much-should-dems-count.html

Posted by: Dan | May 19, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The fact that he is the first presidential candidate to visit a native nation says all we need to know about his promis to include everyone in America.

I am 1/256th Native American....but proud of the fact that over 250 years ago that I had an ancestor who was half Cherokee as that is the American story.

The American story of how the Native Americans were treated is only overshadowed by the stain of slavery.

God bless Barack for this outreach and his beliefs of inclusiveness for ALL the colors of America, and deeply respectful of the original Americans.

Posted by: John Nail | May 19, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I love it! This will just add fuel to the fire and further annoy those who claim America as theor own white christian nation. The hate and bile they spew will get louder and louder until January 20, 2009 when Obama will be inaugurated POTUS. On that day you'll hear their racist and bigoted heads explode all over America. Sweeet!

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 19, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Barack Black Eagle '08!
THANK YOU CROW NATION!

Posted by: Liseycat | May 19, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Proud of my husband's Native American heritage.

We both long ago made up our minds to vote for Sen. Barack Obama.

And for those who look for reverse racism in every Obama comment, and will cite as evidence Sen. Obama's comment that Barack Black Eagle "is a good name", please note that racism involves hate.

Thanking one's new adoptive parents for sharing their name is not a statement of hate. It's a statement of respect.

Posted by: Alice Suncloud | May 19, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This news is flying all over Indian Country right now. What a honor! Barack Obama has a lot of supporters in Indian Country. A lot of the Alaska Native and American Indian Artists across the country support Obama too.

"One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."
Obama '08

Posted by: cooday | May 19, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Oh! Who's bitter now?

Feelin' a little "down", you Hillary fans? Never mind, maybe in eight years from now, you'll have the opportunity to vote for a woman as President, she'll have all of the qualities that Hillary lacks, and she'll be elected!

Posted by: Sue Ellen Stamp | May 19, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."

Posted by: Sally | May 19, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I wish we had had a president with such enlightened, tolerant policies towards Native American tribes in the 19th century. I'm ashamed of America's history of atrocities towards them.

FDR was the last president who was so tolerant to the tribes of America, with the CCC's cooperation and work preserving their cultures.

Posted by: Steve Charb | May 19, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean he can now legally drop Hussein? He'd like that...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | May 19, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I'll do that just as soon as he legally changes his name ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 19, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Can you now write his name out "Barack BLACK EAGLE HUSSEIN Obama"?

Because that is totally a sweet name, and I could see that every day on the WaPo comments sections.

Posted by: DC | May 19, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Was Michelle "Stands With A Fist" Obama there too?

Posted by: JakeD | May 19, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Of course he would rather have "Black Eagle" as a middle name ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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