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Sarah Palin on Native people
By Karen Rhoades


October 11, 2006

There seems to be a rumor circulating that Sarah Palin is against Native people and I was very disturbed to read that this rumor has caused Natives in Ketchikan some concern. I have known Sarah as a friend for 10 years and my husband's family has known her family for over 30 years so I can vouch for the fact that as long time Alaskans, Sarah and her family have great respect for Native people. So much so that Sarah is married to one! Her husband Todd is a Yupik Eskimo from Dillingham; a member of the Curyung tribe. Sarah is very close to Todd's grandmother Lena Andre who is a highly respected elder in the Bristol Bay region. Grandma Lena's encouragement is one of the greatest reasons Sarah has decided to run for public office. Todd and Sarah and their 4 children spend a lot of time with their family in Dillingham and commercial fish in Bristol Bay every year. So let my testimony put this rumor to rest!

Please contact to obtain Sarah's policy statements on issues that affect rural Alaska and the First Nation's people who live there.

Karen Rhoades
Wasilla, AK

Received October 10, 2006 - Published October 11, 2006

About: "I am a 25 year Alaska resident. Known Sarah Palin as a friend for 10 years and my husband's family has been friends with her family for 30 years. I own an assisted living home in Wasilla where I care for Native elders. My family are subsistence hunter/fishermen. We have a vested interest in the long term welfare of Alaska and her First Nations people."


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