American Indian Chamber of Commerce To Speak On “New Racism” Fueled by Governor Schwarzenegger’s Political Rhetoric Against American Indians

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The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California (The Chamber) will be holding a media conference on Thursday, November 4, 10:00 am at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles in order to address the environment of Â?racismÂ? against American Indian business people that has been fueled by Governor SchwarzeneggerÂ?s remarks against American Indians in California.

The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California (The Chamber) will be holding a media conference on Thursday, November 4, 10:00 am at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles in order to address the environment of “racism” against American Indian business people that has been fueled by Governor Schwarzenegger’s remarks against American Indians in California.

Since the Governor has started his “Anti-American Indian” statements, Chamber representatives have received numerous racist comments and actions against us as a minority people while attending meetings and events as part of our efforts working on behalf of American Indian businesses. The Chamber will discuss instances of the “new racism” against American Indians and the dehumanization and unfair characterization of our people as an effect of the Governor’s Anti-American Indian political rhetoric.

“We are NOT calling the Governor a racist, however, we are compelled to address the “racist” effects that his political rhetoric has had on American Indian business people - a long misunderstood minority who are working towards the “ American dream” like any other group,” said Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff, an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and a Small Business Owner.

Leadership from the Southern California Indian Center (the largest Community Based Organization For Urban American Indians in the Country) will also be there to speak on this subject and their experiences in obtaining grants and funding from major philanthropic foundations.

The Chamber has invited, and is also expecting leaders and members from California Tribes to attend in support of The Chamber.

The Chamber, formally incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit, is the only American Indian business association in California. The Chamber is and operated by and for American Indian business people. Chapters are located in Southern California, San Diego County and the Bay Area. Members of the Chamber include American Indian business owners, Tribal Enterprises, major U.S. corporations and Government entities.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel • Roman Room

506 South Grand Avenue • Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, November 4, 2004 • 10:00 am

For more information contact Chamber President Tracy Stanhoff @ 714-721-5753 (24 hour).

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American Indian Chamber of Commerce of CA
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