Thursday, January 24, 2008

Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council Will Keynote Montana GOP Winter Kickoff

The first step that proved Montana GOP Chairman Erik Iverson's seriousness about bringing the Montana Republican Party's message to our state's Native American communities was the selection as state Vice-Chair of Cut Bank area rancher and enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe Liane Johnson.

Johnson has been "heading up tribal outreach efforts for Montana Republicans" as well as carrying out the usual Vice-Chair duties.

And now, we have this coming up this weekend in Billings:

James Steele, Jr., Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council, will give the keynote address at the Montana Republican Party’s Winter Kickoff this weekend in Billings, headlining a weekend packed with Presidential surrogates and Republican candidates from around the state.

“Chairman Steele is a strong leader with a wealth of valuable insight to share,” said Montana Republican Party Chairman Erik Iverson. “Republicans have made it a priority to reach out to Montana voters in every corner of the state, and we're putting a special emphasis on outreach in Indian Country. We know Republicans will find solutions to the problems Montanans are facing, and Chairman Steele is a key part of that effort.”

We won't want to miss this, and will probably slip in the back to hear for ourselves what Steele has to say. One thing is certain -- writing off entire segments of the Montana voting public is no way to win elections. And even if one wins after writing off whole segments of the Montana voting public -- it's no way to govern.

Chairman Iverson is to be commended for taking a right turn onto the road to the 21st century with these kinds of efforts.

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