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HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN - Back home from the National Congress of American Indians 68th Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon last week where he spent time campaigning for support among American Indian tribes, Derek Bailey received the endorsement from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians this week.
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, based in Harbor Springs, Michigan is the neighboring tribe to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa where Bailey serves as tribal chairman.
Bailey announced early last month he is a candidate for Michigan's First Congressional Seat.
Recognizing the importance of our natural resources, Derek has previously stated: "Protection of our greatest natural resource must be shown through commitment driven by knowledge, understanding and spirit. I will bring that strong northern Michigan voice to the halls of Congress," reads the Declaration passed and signed by each tribal councilor of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa.
Since announcing his candidacy, Bailey has met with numerous tribes and organizations seeking support for his effort to be a Congressman.
Michigan's District One Congressional seat that includes all of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and several counties in the Lower Peninsular. The newly drawn Congressional district contains eight of the twelve federally recognized American Indian tribes based in Michigan.
Bailey will face Gary McDowell, who announced two weeks ago he is a candidate in the Democratic Party primary. The primary election will be held next August 7, 2012. The winner will emerge to likely face the one-term incumbent Dan Benishek.
posted November 12, 2011 6:30 am est
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