Much ado has been made about the 2002 mid-term congressional and gubernatorial elections. Democrats are bemoaning the Republican's treble triumph—congressional control, an invigorated Bush administration, and conservative rule on the supreme court. Republicans are exulting in their perceived conservative mandate—to address the War on Terror, privatize Social Security, and roll back environmental regulations that are deemed overly restrictive of private and public property development. And the inconsistent American voter, depending on race, socio-economic status, and issue salience, seems either unenthusiastic, ambivalent, or wildly animated about politics.
Copyright © 2003 Indian Country Communications. This article first appeared in News from Indian Country (January 2003), 17A.
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Wilkins, David E. “The Indigenous Vote: Protecting or Endangering Sovereignty?” News from Indian Country 17, no. 1 (January 2003), 17A.