Carl Venne, chairman of the Crow Nation, is pictured in Crow Agency, Montana

 
Carl Venne, chairman of the Crow Nation, is pictured in Crow Agency, Montana
Carl Venne, chairman of the Crow Nation in Montana, is pictured on May 30, 2008 in Crow Agency, Montana. Often paid scant attention in U.S. presidential elections, Native Americans are taking an unusually high profile in the final stretch of the Democratic primary campaign. Venne, whose tribe recently adopted Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), says developing the vast coal and other natural resources on his reservation is key to bringing up his people from poverty. Photo taken May 30, 2008 REUTERS/Adam Tanner (UNITED STATES)