Charles Kader
Message Board Outside Cleveland Hall First Day of Republican National Convention

ICTMN at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions


Editor’s Note: This story had been modified to reflect the fact that this is the second time ICTMN has received credentials to a national convention; the first was in 2008.

Today marks the start of the Republican National Convention, and Indian Country Today Media Network will post coverage from inside and outside the convention center. Correspondent Suzette Brewer will report from both conventions; Charles Kader will monitor event outside the hall in Cleveland.

Suzette Brewer (Vincent Schilling)

This is only the second time that ICTMN, or Indian Country Today, has been granted security clearance and access to a national convention floor. In the past, ICTMN’s applications for media passes had been denied, typically on the grounds that the Secret Service guidelines for the conventions followed White House permanent media credential requirements. However, in 2008 Washington DC Bureau Chief Rob Capriccioso, then Staff Reporter, received credentials by using a DC city police-approved media credential. Under those rules, as best we understand the explanations offered to us, ICTMN has been denied permanent White House passes because its parent company, Oneida Nation Enterprises, is owned by a ‘foreign government,’ the Oneida Indian Nation of New York.

Charles Kader

Whether or not Native readers choose to vote in U.S. elections, much is at stake in the days ahead. The next administration may be Democratic or Republican, but leaders of sovereign Native nations will still have to negotiate with whomever sits on the other side of the table as part of their government-to-government relationship. There will be many Native delegates attending the conventions, and their efforts to bring their respective parties to pay heed to critical issues in Indian country will be closely observed.

The conventions will also set the stage for the final approach to the November elections for many Native politicians on both sides of the ticket running for office at the state and local levels. The Indian vote in key battleground states of the northern plains and southwest will play a critical part in Senate and House races. These efforts by Native activists, and news reports about them, will help further the awareness for Native needs, concerns and treaty rights regardless of the outcome of any particular campaign.

Republican National Convention Press Kit (Suzette Brewer)

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Submitted by Sammy7 on
It increasingly seems to me that both the Democratic and Republican Parties are nothing less that training grounds for Sociopaths. Should we not defend against them instead of associating with them? Is a twenty foot pole long enough? Are they not sociopathic shape shifters? Is death not written on their foreheads? At best, should we not look at them as teachers of the darkness? Even the uktena and piasa fade in their presence.

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Submitted by turbojesus on
The native american vote is really heating up. All one million of them across 50 states minus whatever number dies before election season. What categories could possibly contain more votes and influence the election more, Asian, Black, White, hispanic, disabled, cancer patients, billionaires and multimillionaires, number of immigrants from any one country on the planet, atheists, vegetarians, trangenders?