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What do our children think?

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Indian Country Today randomly selected students in an elementary school class and asked them to express their views on the upcoming presidential election. The class – Jane Whaling’s fifth-grade class at the K. William Harvey Elementary School on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Ronan, Mont. – is predominantly American Indian.

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“My name is Emanuelle L. and I’m a member of the Salish Kootenai Tribe in Montana. I am 10 years old. Who I think should be president is Barack Obama. I think Barack Obama because he is letting some Indians into the government. Also, because he is going to lower gas prices. I think that would be good for our nation. Also, because Barack will try to bring people back from Iraq. I don’t want John McCain because he is just like George Bush and I don’t think our nation wants the same stuff. Our nation needs a good leader to lead our country. Barack Obama and Joe Biden would make great leaders for our country!”

“I am Tanner O. and am white, but I live on the Flathead Indian Reservation. I’m 10 years old. The people I think should be president and vice president are John McCain and Sarah Palin. I think this because McCain is going to start getting gas in different places so then people can start paying lower rates on gas. Also, John McCain is a war veteran and knows how to stop the war in Iraq (and still win it). These are the reasons I want John McCain and Sarah Palin to win.”

“I am Vannessa B. I am Salish Kootenai. I am 10. I choose John McCain because I think they will be really good. I think John McCain will be a good president because Obama might take away our guns. I hope John McCain will lower the gas prices.”

“My name is Meg N. and I’m a Kootenai and I’m 10 years old. Who I think should be our president is Barack Obama and Joe Biden because they both look worthy enough to be president. I am hoping that when I am a teenager I can look up to them and expect them to do the right thing for everybody.”

“I am Colton R. I am from a white family. I live on the Flathead Reservation. The people I think that should be president should be John McCain and Sarah Palin because I think that Obama is going to raise taxes and stop the war.”

“I am Cayden S., a white person, and am 10 years old. I think Barack Obama should be the president because he is doing something for my parents and me. For my parents he’s lowering gas prices. For me he’s stopping the war so that I can see my uncle.”

“My name is Chloe G. I am a white person, am 10 and am living on the Flathead Indian Reservation. I believe that John McCain would be the best president. I think that McCain would be the best because he believes in war. If we didn’t have war, how could we have peace? If you think about it, our state of Montana could be hit with bombs and we wouldn’t have any defense. I believe that Sarah Palin would be an amazing vice president because she’s a woman, a stay at home mom, and she’s been a leader for many things. For example, she was president of the PTA and she was a governor.”

“My name is Morgan D. from Ronan, Mont. I am a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe and am 10 years old. The person I think would be the best president would be John McCain because Obama is saying things I don’t like. John McCain always tells the truth about things. Knowing Obama, he will take away guns. I think Sarah Palin would be a good vice president because she knows how to run some things. She was once a governor of Alaska so she knows how to run a state.”

“I am Jonathen C. from the Crow Tribe in Montana. I am 10. I think that Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be president and vice president. Because he will help my tribe make money for our people. He told us in Crow Agency that he will change our town for the better.”

"I am Katelyn G. and my grandpa is Kootenai. I am 10. I believe that Obama should be president. I think it is time for a change. If I could vote I would vote for Obama because I think he is the best. Gas prices are going up and Obama said that he will lower the prices. I will tell you that I do not watch Joe Biden that much. But, I think it’s time for a change. It would be a different, but good.”

“I am Lauryn H., a Salish Kootenai member. I’m in fifth grade. I think Barack Obama and Joe Biden should be president and vice president. I think they should be president and vice president because they don’t believe in the war and they are trying to stop global warming. I think the war should stop and global warming should stop.”

“I am Trevor A. I am Salish Kootenai and am 10. I think that Barack Obama and Joe Biden for several reasons. Because Barack Obama will lower gas prices and he will stop the war in Iraq. And McCain and Palin will not end the war and I don’t know if he’ll lower gas prices.”

“My name is Ryan T. I am white and in fifth grade. I think Barack Obama would be a good president because he is stopping the war in Iraq and making gas prices go down. I think those are major things in the USA, the war is the biggest because we didn’t need to be in that.”

“I am Jordyn C., a Salish Kootenai, and am 10. I think Barack Obama would be the best president because there has never been a black president. I also think Obama should be president because he is a nice guy and he is really going to work hard for the Native Americans’ rights. The vice president should be Joe Biden. I think that he should be VP because he is running with Obama and he is a Democrat.”

“I am Carston Lee R. I am a descendant of the Salish Kootenai. I’m in fifth grade. Who I want to be president is John McCain because I am a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ only, not other gods. I also want him because his vice president is really good at speeches and how to handle the USA. I also want him because he is a Republican.”