Kevin Abourezk: Frank LaMere celebrates in January
"In less than two months, a black man will take a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

He'll be the first of his race to do so under the watchful eyes of the Secret Service and the world. On the steps of the U.S. Capitol, he'll take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

There, within the crowd of Democratic elite, Frank LaMere will watch history unfold.

Three days later, he'll watch another bit of history unfold not far from the Capitol.

His daughter, Lexie, will graduate as one of the first Native Americans, if not the only one, ever to graduate from the U.S. Senate Page Program.

"That's going to be a pretty powerful thing," said LaMere, chairman of the Native American Caucus of the Democratic National Committee.

To be sure, it will be a week of celebration for LaMere, who will watch the candidate he supported as a Democratic superdelegate in the primary finally accede to the throne of the free world.

LaMere plans to attend the 11th annual American Indian Inaugural Ball, one of many such inaugural balls being held in Washington, D.C., during inaugural week."

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Native Leader to Watch Inauguration, Daughter's Graduation (RezNet News 11/25)

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