Lakota man pleased with Cheney visit to support Thune
Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Vice President Dick Cheney visited South Dakota on Monday to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate John Thune.

One of those in attendance at the fundraiser was Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He supports Thune, whom he says is aligned with traditional Lakota values of respect for life, limited government, sovereignty and local control. He is urging Indians to vote Republican this year.

"Unfortunately, there has been so many years of tolerance. I have been talking to people. I am just being me. First and foremost I am a Christian and then Lakota," Whalen told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Cheney's visit raised $250,000, according to the paper.

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