It's Native American Day. It's the Year of Unity, as declared by our Governor M. Michael Rounds. How does Republican U.S. House candidate Kristi Noem mark the occasion? By hosting Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at a campaign event in Rapid City. Or so I hear from my friends at the South Dakota Democratic Party
How appropriate. Among Mr. Steele's many tone-deaf gaffes, he provoked disgust by using the phrase "honest Injun" during a Fox News interview last January.
Roll those webcams, kids. And Memo to Steele: just stick to the script in Pennington County.
On policy, Noem still hasn't updated her Native American Issues page to give any specific solutions. Noem mentions wanting to do something about economic development, law and order, and schools and health care in Indian Country. She apparently lifted those exact priorities from her opponent's talking points. Alas, Noem can't lift the actual policy solutions that Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has fought for and passed in Washington.
Also worth comparing: the policy statements from our gubernatorial candidates, Dennis Daugaard and Scott Heidepriem, on Native American issues. Once again, advantage on specifics goes to the Democrat.
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