Indian youth debate presidential candidates
Not all of them are old enough to vote, but attendees of the annual United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference debated this year's presidential candidates.

Layha Spoonhunter, an 18-year-old member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, intends to vote for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois). "If he's elected, it shows Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and others that they eventually could get elected to the highest office in the land, too," the teen leader told the Associated Press.

Jose Martinez Jr., a 17-year-old member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona, likes Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). "He offers us stuff that he can actually deliver on," the teen said.

J.R. Cook, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who runs UNITY, says both candidates have made Indian pledges. "Either way, it's a win-win for Native Americans because of the commitments of McCain and Obama to provide a greater voice for Native Americans in their administration," Cook told the AP.

UNITY is being held in Reno, Nevada, this year.

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