Bill Richardson: Are you satisfied with the state of Native American affairs?
Bill Richardson is the Governor of New Mexico and former candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Of Hispanic descent, Richardson was born in Pasadena, California, but spent most of his childhood in Mexico City. Richardson graduated from Tufts University, from which he also received a Masters in International Affairs. In 1982, Richardson was elected to the United States House of Representatives. During his time in the House, Richardson focused on foreign affairs as well as on issues of importance to the Native American community. In 1997, Bill Clinton appointed Richardson United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Richardson left that post in 1998 to become Secretary of Energy. Richardson is known for his "shuttle diplomacy" and has been nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Richardson was first elected the Governor of New Mexico in 2003; he was reelected in 2007 in a landslide, earning 69% of the vote. Richardson is the author of two recent books: the campaign autobiography Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, and Leading by Example: How We Can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution.
Question: Are you satisfied with the state of Native American affairs?
No. No. I . . . All my life I’ve felt that Native Americans have been the most neglected of all minorities in this country. And all my life I’ve fought for them as a congressman. This is what they want. They were stolen in their land. And it’s a shame that as a federal government, we were supposed to give them healthcare and education, and what is called “self-determination” – treat them as fully . . . fully elected governments, and we don’t do that. In fact we don’t keep our commitment for healthcare. We don’t keep our commitment for education. And as a result, the highest poverty rate, suicide rate, diabetes, alcoholism are on Indian reservations. I would change that as President. Eleven percent of my state is Native American. And I have elevated Native Americans to cabinet status, and we do everything we can to make for the federal shortfalls. But what I would do as President, I would elevate Native American affairs to a cabinet level. These are human beings. These are the first Americans, and we didn’t keep our promise to the first Americans. And this just means treating them equally. It doesn’t mean giving them special privileges. Today the highest rates of poverty, of . . . the highest rates of suicide – you go anywhere in this country – are in our reservations around . . . particularly in the west. Recorded on: 11/28/07
Native Americans have been the most neglected of all minorities in this country, Richardson says.
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