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Bishop Vice Chair meets with Kerrys

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - Sandra Warlie, vice chair of the Bishop Paiute Tribe,
recently had a chance to meet Senator John Kerry and his wife,
philanthropist Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Warlie and Owen's Valley Career Development Center Executive Director Paul
Chavez traveled to the Hamptons to join Washoe Tribal Chairman Brian
Wallace and government liaison Raul Rubio at the home of venture capitalist
Alan Patricot where they visited with Sen. Kerry.

Warlie was escorted by the Secret Service from a crowd of about 750 people
to join a smaller group who met with Kerry and his wife. When Rubio
announced to Kerry that the Vice Chair of the Bishop Paiute Tribe had
arrived, Kerry stopped what he was doing and immediately went to greet

"He came over smiling, very pleasant, very respectful, saying it was an
honor to meet me," she said. Warlie said she asked him to remember and
support the needs of Indian people if he becomes president. As a language
instructor in training, she is concerned about strengthening culture and
programs to help Native youth. "He listened carefully to what I told him
and thanked me for coming to see him. Then he gave me a big hug."

Warlie had a similar warm experience with Teresa Heinz Kerry when the two
met. "She came over and said 'Hi how are you? Sandra is it?' She asked
about Bishop and I told her a little about us.

"I also thanked her for all the work she's done (through her charitable
foundation) for Native Americans. I told her she could help us accomplish
more for our children and she agreed that we need to protect and provide
for our children, especially disadvantaged youth. To me that was a motherly
figure talking. She said she would look forward to seeing me again and gave
me a hug and a kiss."

Warlie said she felt honored to be there, especially when she realized the
crowd included many celebrities, millionaires and prominent politicians.

"Later, I was thinking about how we got to this place - two of us from our
small tribe all the way across the country. We got to meet some of the top
decision makers in the country and possibly the next president of the
United States.

"Even though they had status and money and I didn't, they welcomed us as
equals," she said. "When I went to meet the Kerrys they talked to us as if
we were equals. I didn't feel that I was beneath anybody. I felt like I was
equal because of the way they responded to me, how they broke away from who
they were talking to, and really respected that I came there to meet them
and took time with me.

"It was a very empowering experience. And for Mrs. Heinz Kerry to give me
that hug and kiss - how often does she do that? The whole experience gave
me greater confidence to meet with people like Los Angeles city officials
about water and land rights."