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Published On: Wed, Aug 29th, 2012

How will the Navajo Nation take part in the U.S. Presidential Election?

Aug 29 | By: Staff Writer- Commentary

As the Republicans kicked off there Convention in Tampa Florida and President Obama on the Campaign Trail in Ohio, it isn’t still clear on how the Navajo Nation will vote in November or who they will endorse.

Back in 2008, the largest Tribe in the U.S threw its support behind then Sen. Obama. The President has garnered attacks from blogs claiming, he is returning the U.S. back to the Indians. (laughs) some even think he maybe a Native Hawaiian…soundly so, would he still need to show his birth certificate?


The UN’s “special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples” even says that the United States government should “return” some land it took from the Native Americans over the last 200 years.

Would that change much? Take the Oglala Sioux reservation for example, where the per capita income is around $7,000 a year, the startling fact, less than one-sixth of the national average, and life expectancy is about 50 years, says the U.N.

If the Navajo Nation endorses Mitt Romney, how would that play out in Native America? It would be the first for Navajo lawmakers to make such a move, but don’t hold your breathe. The deep Navajo Nation is Obama Nation, pure hard line supports will eventually come out for Mr. Obama. But, you never know.

Native American Politics don’t really play the line of Republican or Democrat, politicians are elected by popular vote -and winner takes all- at least for the Navajo Tribe.

All in all, whatever happens in Nov. it will be a interesting election.

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How will the Navajo Nation take part in the U.S. Presidential Election?