Native Sun News Times Endorsement of Brian Bengs

Rapid City, S.D. – “Democrat Brian Bengs is challenging John Thune for his US Senate seat. Let’s look at his Native American Policy from his campaign website. He first brings up health care, how it is mismanaged and abused and in need of transformation. He mentions we need more tribal law enforcement, says he will seek a position on the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs, wants to hire a Native from South Dakota to serve as staff liaison, wants to increase funding for tribal entitlements, remove work penalty on benefits, help maximize Native voting power, and finally, wants to improve reservation economies… His Republican opponent, John Thune, is not on the Senate Committee for Indian Affairs, although Mike Rounds is. His campaign website does not list his policies and just has a short campaign video. Thune is very gracious in person and displays an impressive knowledge of Native history and issues. He grew up in Indian Country. But his focus is not on our issues. We have no choice but to endorse Bengs.”

 

Read the Native Sun News Times endorsement of Brian Bengs here.