Tammy Lowe of Lawrence, KS asks:
As a citizen of the Tsa-la-gi (Cherokee) Nation of Oklahoma, I have seen first-hand instances in which governmental representatives have expressed sympathy and support for Native Americans yet have failed to do little more than the utterance of those words when it comes to the realization of that support. Mr. Winter, based on your experience with the sovereignty issues of the Mississippi Choctaw Nation, do you believe that Clinton's expressed support of tribal sovereignty will translate into anything more than this discussion?
William Winter responds:
I believe that the President's expressions have already begun to lead
to a greater understanding of the sovereignty issues which have been
presented to the Initiative on Race by the Native American community.
As I have stated in several meetings with various groups concerned with
these issues, I consider the progressive agreements entered into recently
between the State of Mississippi and the Mississippi Choctaw Nation
to be a good example of this positive trend. It is obvious that much
more needs to be done to achieve greater equity for Native Americans,
but I believe that we shall see enhanced efforts to achieve that end
as a result of the work of the Initiative on Race and the understanding
and support of the President. [Next