National Affairs: How, Americans

Political candidates are always getting initiated into Indian tribes. Last week at Gallup, N. Mex., Dwight Eisenhower reversed the process: he initiated some 10,000 Indians into a U.S. tribal rite—the campaign speech.

Ike was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd and signs—"How, Big Chief Eisenhower." After sitting through a parade of tribal dancers, Ike began his speech: "Governor Mechem, Chairman Ahkeah . . . and I hope I may say my brethren of the Zuni, Hopis, Apaches, Papagos, Rio Grande Pueblos, Navajos, the Sioux . . ." He got a huge round of applause as...

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