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Senator Sanders at Meskwaki Settlement By John Speer CIP

January 9, 2020
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Although running a bit behind schedule on his "Not me, Us" bus tour of Iowa Thursday, Jan. 2, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) picked up three endorsements from Meskwaki Tribe representatives during a rally at the Settlement High School Gym west of Tama. On the trail for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sanders was back in Tama County for a second time this season as he continued his effort to secure support in the first-in-the nation test- the Iowa caucuses which are set for Feb. 3. Sanders began by apologizing to the crowd of more than 200 for being about 40 minutes late- "We just got a beautiful, big new bus, but it goes slower than the cars we usually use." Sanders continued his themes of free health care and education including college or trade school for all and legalization of marijuana country-wide. He charged the "The Trump administration is one of the most corrupt in the history of this country." He said "We have ignore the environmental impact of what we do" and "we need to show a respect for the environment which this country has not done for a very long time." "Young people all over the world are looking to the Native American community for leadership," he said," Because what we have learned from the culture of the Native American people is an understanding about sustainability, that you can't simply wipe out animals, you can't destroy the water for short-term gains if you want your children and grandchild to lead good lives." The crowd here of more than 200 to heard him call for new federal measures in the treatment of Native Americans. Sanders charged "going back to the first year of this country Native Americans have been lied to, treaties broken ,land taken and even right now, large corporations are today invading Native American lands excavating for oil…" He called for "Native Americans to play a leadership role in this country." "Here's a promise that comes form my heart," Sanders said. "As President, of the U.S. we will not be informing Native American people what is happening, they will be a part of the decision making process." Sanders picked up the endorsement of Sac and Fox Tribal Chair Dawson Davenport. Davenport told the crowd Sanders shared many of the views including education and health care for everyone which he believes in and other issues supported by Native Americans. Sanders heard a call by Danielle Seymour for support for legislation to protect indigenous women. She cited the missing person case of Mollie Tibbets st Brooklyn, Iowa, whose body was found within 30 days last year after being reported missing . Seymour said, in comparison, the ongoing search for missing Settlement resident Rita Papakee has been going on for five years in urging support for better protection for indigenous women. Sanders acknowledged the history of the unfair treatment of Native American people needs be a part of education in the U.S. She also called for accurate the accurate teaching of history about the Native American people. Marley Whitefish, a Kirkwood Community College student and lifelong Settlement resident, also said she backed Sanders based upon his support for free education and medical care.

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders adresses a rally of more than 200 attendingas he contiues to seek support for his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in the upcoming Iowa caucuses. The event was at the Meskwaki Settlement High School gym on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 2,2002. Chronicle/John Speer



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