June 2nd, 2008
10:41 AM ET

The Native American vote - "gonna make a difference"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/02/art.nativeamerican.obama.jpg caption="A young supporter tries to get a look at Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arriving at a rally in Crow Agency, Mont., Monday, May 19, 2008."]

Program Note: See Randi’s full report on the Native American vote tonight on AC360° at 10p.

Randi Kaye
360° Correspondent

It was my first trip to Montana… and it was just as beautiful as I had imagined it would be. Rolling hills. Open plains. Lots of horses. That was until we arrived at the Crow Reservation in Crow Agency, Montana. This is where about 8000 members of the Crow Tribe live and it is one of the poorest areas of the country. We meet Darrin Old Coyote, our guide, and it doesn’t take long to see why these people want a president who is willing to help them.

Old Coyote tells me some families on the reservation are having to choose between food and fuel. They are jobless and hopeless. Why? Old Coyote says, “We as Indian people feel like a third world country in the U.S. A lot of our problems are basically forgotten.” Old Coyote says they want a president who will acknowledge their hardships, and on this reservation, that appears to be Barack Obama.


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