Palin pick adds new Indian dimension to presidential race Posted: August 30, 2008
by: Rob Capriccioso
DENVER - By the close of the Democratic National Convention, many Indian attendees seemed confident that Sen. Barack Obama would be the best pick in terms of advancing Native issues. But just hours after Obama wrapped up his historic acceptance speech; Sen. John McCain threw out a curve ball by selecting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Palin, the first female Republican vice presidential candidate, is married to Todd Palin, who is of Yup'ik Eskimo descent. He works for an oil field and is a fisherman and champion snowmobiler. Their five children are also of Alaska Native heritage.
When Palin was running for governor in October 2006, she wrote a letter addressed to rural voters, saying she ''so very much appreciates Alaska's First People, their proud heritage and diverse cultures so abundant in the communities throughout our state.''
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