Friday, July 25, 2008

Meanwhile, over at the Pepsi Center...

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced this today:

Marking one month until the start of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, members of the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian tribes of Colorado performed a Native American blessing today outside the Pepsi Center, where Democrats will gavel open the Party's Convention on August 25th in Denver.

"Colorado has a rich Native American heritage, and the Democratic National Convention is an opportunity to showcase that heritage for all the world to see," said Colorado Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien. "Both the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian tribes can trace ancestral roots in this region that long pre-date Colorado's statehood. Native Americans have deep roots in the culture of this state --in its past, present and future."

Today's blessing ceremony included the burning of sage, chants, songs and prayers. A feather was used to "smudge" the smoke around the place of blessing. Native American leaders prayed both for delegates and for citizens across the country whose lives will be impacted by work accomplished during the Convention.

"With all that goes into planning a Convention, there is tremendous value in spiritual grounding in the home stretch. Our Native American brothers and sisters have a deep understanding of spirituality and its place in our lives," said DNCC CEO Leah Daughtry. "The rich Native American traditions of the West are an important part of our country's history and will be an important part of this historic Convention -- set to open right here in just one month's time."

"As a Native American and an active Democrat, I see two important facets of my life coming together," said Frank LaMere, Chair of the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Native American Caucus. "In one month, there will be talk of Democrats, Republicans, politics and polls. However, I offer that the Creator cares most about heart, commitment, and those who will give voice and care for the people, and who will change things in our country."

During the upcoming Convention, the Democratic Party's Native American caucus will meet on Monday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 27 at the Colorado Convention Center.

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