FROM THE ARCHIVE

Campbell 'surprised' by rain dance remark

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2003

The only American Indian in the Senate was "surprised" that a fellow Republican suggested he do a "rain dance," the Associated Press reports.

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), told the AP he wasn't personally offended by Sen. Bob Bennett remarks. He said colleagues make reference to his Indian heritage all the time.

As for Bennett (R-Utah), he said he didn't know that some Indian cultures actually have rain ceremonies and prayers. "I was unaware it was a sacred ritual," he told the AP. "It's part of the folklore of the West."

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Relevant Links:
Sen. Bob Bennett - http://bennett.senate.gov
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell - http://campbell.senate.gov