Robert Porter, president of the Seneca Nation tribe of Native Americans in western New York state, has a message for President Obama.
“I’d like to see the president not be so timid in his efforts to support and protect Indian country,” he says.
Porter is one of dozens of tribal leaders from around the United States who is to meet Obama and other administration officials on Thursday.
Many Native American reservations historically have suffered mightily from high unemployment and related problems. By contrast, the Seneca Nation is a thriving economy, operating casinos and tobacco businesses, Porter says.
Instead of government handouts, he says the Seneca people would benefit from tax relief — a message he will carry to this week’s meeting.