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Native Democrats make urgent case for Hillary Clinton as president


Native activists and Native Democrats mounted urgent defenses of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, warning of disaster should Republican rival Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

Even passionate supporters of Bernie Sanders are vowing to help elect Clinton. While some remain upset that their candidate of choice did not secure the party's nomination, they said Indian Country must stand together to defeat a candidate who has a negative record when it comes to tribal matters, whether it's questioning the identity of indigenous peoples, attacking the integrity of the Indian gaming industry or furthering stereotypes about Native women.

"I barely consider myself a Democrat," author and youth advocate Gyasi Ross, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, said at the final meeting of the Native American Council at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday morning.


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