California tribes a presence at Democratic convention
California tribes are making their presence known at the Democratic National Convention this week.

Robert Martin, the chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, is a delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York). He said the party is seeking unity as Sen. Barack Obama claims the nomination for president.

Mark Macarro, the chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, is also at the convention. He is one of six Indian leaders who are serving on committees for the convention while his wife Holly Cook Macarro, a member of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota, takes her place as a delegate.

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is a co-sponsor of the California delegate to the DNC. As a nonpartisan organization, CNIGA will be doing the same for the state's Republican delegation next month.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is in Denver this week too as a co-sponsor of a forum on Indian issues that is being held today.

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Area tribal leaders make mark in bigger numbers at convention (The Palm Springs Desrt Sun 8/27)

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