Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell on ’95 Shutdown

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On the 16th day of the government shutdown, we get some historical perspective. Former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell was a member of Colorado’s congressional delegation during the last shutdown, in 1995 and '96. Today, he lobbies Congress on behalf of Native American tribes. Colorado Public Radio’s Rachel Estabrook spoke with him about what we might learn from his experience in the mid-90’s. One hint: Bringing it to a close is going to take a fair negotiation, like President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich were able to do last time around.

[Photo: President Bill Clinton's second inauguration, with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and others looking on. Wikimedia Commons.]