Even the Wall Street Journal beats the Argus Leader to the punch in today's edition:
Senator Tom Daschle, the Senate Minority Leader, is worried that the overwhelming support that American Indians in South Dakota have given Democrats won't be automatic in his re-election race this year. Republicans are stepping up outreach on the reservations and have won the support of Indian activist and actor Russell Means. He's been telling tribal leaders that the Democratic Party have established a system that makes Indians beholden to the federal government -- with Sen. Daschle one of the primary beneficiaries. "I mean it's pure communism and it's an abject failure. Just like it was in the Soviet Union. It's failure. You've created a dictatorship by the Bureau of Indian Affairs," Mr. Means told the Associated Press.
Mr. Daschle responds that the federal government has an obligation to help the Indians because "we have Third World conditions" on the reservations. His choice of words is drawing heat in some parts of South Dakota. "It's a similar reaction to what would happen if Trent Lott said that about the South Bronx or Watts," says one South Dakota observer.