Schwarzenegger to tribes: You've got voicemail
Friday, September 5, 2003

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the leading Republican in California's recall election, is trying to meet with several tribes, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.

The Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, which represents 13 tribes, asked Schwarzenegger to speak to their group. He left a "lengthy voice-mail message" for Lynn Valbuena, a San Manuel tribal member, to accept but hasn't called back.

"I know that he's been real busy with a lot of meetings and things," Valburna told the paper. "We're open. We're just waiting for a date from him."

Schwarzenegger's camp has also been playing phone tag with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Chairman Richard Milanovich wants a meeting and says he is upset with Schwarzenegger's characterization of tribes as "special interests" that he won't accept money from.

"To be grouped into a category of a special interest is demeaning and derogatory to tribes as a whole," Milanovich told the paper.

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