Tonight I was at the Last Chance Community Pow Wow to watch a couple of my students dance (which they did fantastically). First of all, I highly recommend anyone who’s interested in that sort of thing attend; it continues Sunday afternoon. I was obviously impressed by the quality of the dancing, singing, and drumming, but (thanks to a former student I ran into there) I also had a chance to learn a thing or two about how how Jon Tester has improved the lives of members of our Native American Nations.
A quick summary of his accomplishments is available here; interestingly, searching ‘Native Americans for Rehberg’ in Google, the first result is an article on Intelligent Discontent. But unlike so many issues, where Tester seems to be ‘as progressive as we can elect…in Montana’, on the issue of working with Montana tribes to improve the quality of life of their people, Jon tester really has an impressive record. From the Cobell settlement (which Rehberg opposed) to the Crow Water Compact, Jon Tester has shown that he understands the needs of the seven percent of our population (a proportion, by the way, larger than the number of farmers and ranchers in Montana) who are American Indian. Having that kind of excellent representation in the Senate and in the Indian Affairs Committee will be a benefit to 100% of Montanans.