US: GOP platform includes Native-specific language and goals

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Sep 5 19:39:25 UTC 2008

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Indian Country

GOP platform includes Native-specific language and goals

Delegates and leaders of the Republican National Convention have approved a
national party platform for the next four years that includes several
Indian-focused provisions.

Under a section in the 67-page document titled, ''Supporting Native American
Communities,'' the platform states that the ''federal government has a
special responsibility to the people in Indian country and a unique trust
relationship with them, which has been insufficiently honored.

''The social and economic problems that plague Indian country have grown
worse over the last several decades, and we must reverse that trend.
Ineffective government programs deprive Indians of the services they need,
and longterm failures threaten to undermine tribal sovereignty itself.''

Full story:


Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at

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