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How Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Making Its Play for Native American Support

SCHURZ, Nev.—The three or­gan­izers from the Clin­ton cam­paign had traveled all the way to this small town nestled between jagged moun­tains and broad plains in ul­tra-rur­al Min­er­al County, more than 350 miles from Las Ve­gas and 100 miles from Reno, to meet with five people on a Nat­ive Amer­ic­an re­ser­va­tion.

With a small circle of fold­ing chairs in the Walk­er River Paiute Re­ser­va­tion’s Agai-Di­cutta (“Trout Eat­ers” in the Paiute lan­guage) Com­munity Cen­ter, the room was set up like any oth­er or­gan­iz­ing meet­ing: Hand­writ­ten posters hung on the wall, wait­ing to be filled in, fea­tured prompts like “I sup­port Hil­lary be­cause”…” and “These are the is­sues that are im­port­ant to me.”…” But there were two oth­ers that don’t of­ten ap­pear in cam­paign or­gan­iz­ing ma­ter­i­als: “I know for a fact that the In­di­an vote can sway a statewide elec­tion.” And: “I caucus/I vote be­cause I know the power of the nat­ive vote.”


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