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POLSON, MONT. — With the first election of an African American president, the nation sees a broader horizon. Some see hope on that horizon for Native America.
“My memories of campaigning for this election range from heartbreaking to beautiful,” said Gyasi Ross, former constituency director of the Barack Obama campaign in Montana. “Indian people really showed that if given the opportunity, we can perform above the expected and it’s all in faith.”
Reflecting on his memories of this historic presidential election, Ross, a Blackfeet tribal member, admits his journey blossomed from a seed of doubt: “I figured (Obama) didn’t have a chance in hell becoming the next president,” he said. “But I knew he would do great things for Native Americans if elected.”