11/28/08 - Local tribes look forward to White House representative

11/28/08

When Barack Obama becomes president, American Indians will have their own adviser in the White House, the president-elect's office confirmed this week. Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin said Obama plans to establish an Advisor on Native American Policy on his senior White House staff. Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, said the incoming president had discussed his plans with tribal leaders during a campaign meeting in New Mexico. "He said he was going to have a tribal person in that position so they could directly communicate on tribal issues," Milanovich said.

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