Indian Country turns out for another Democratic convention day


The first Americans stole the stage in front of a captive audience on day two of the Democratic National Convention as they presented delegate votes for their party’s presidential ticket. On Tuesday night, four Indigenous leaders presented delegate totals for the states of Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. They were part of a 57 state and territory convention roll call. “When Joe Biden was vice president, he and President Obama made sure the tribes of Alaska had a say in the management of these waters,” said Alaska Native veteran Chuck Degnan. , fisherman and Democratic Party activist from Unalakleet. “Donald Trump won. We need to elect a president who will respect our voices, protect our waters and fight climate change.

New Mexico State Representative Derrick Lente presented his state’s delegate totals from his home on Sandia Pueblo. “We are all united by the love of this beautiful place we call home, and we believe that we owe it to the next generation to protect the natural and cultural resources that are their heritage and, to this end, also to respect the tribal sovereignty,” he said. noted. Cesar Alvarez of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation said he graduated from a class of 44 students and had to drive three hours to pass his SAT test before earning his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. “Growing up, I knew college was a ladder that could take you anywhere,” he said. “Joe Biden knows everyone deserves a chance to climb that ladder.”

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From South Dakota, activist Kellen Returns From Scout, a citizen of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, spoke from the hallowed grounds of his people in the Black Hills, known as Paha Sapa in the Lakota language. ” It is often said mitakuye oyasine, we are all connected,” he said. “Our next president must lead by this philosophy for the sake of our next seven generations.” In 2016, three Indigenous leaders – Deb Haaland (Pueblo de Laguna) from New Mexico, Shawn Bordeaux (Rosebud Sioux) from South Dakota and former Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker from Oklahoma – participated in the roll call at the convention. Ahead of the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, tribal leaders gathered for a Native American Caucus Meeting. The first two Indigenous women in Congress in the country, Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas, spoke of the need to elect a president who showed only a lack of respect for treaty rights and tribal sovereignty. “President Obama was so sincere in his interactions with Indian Country,” said Haaland, a citizen of Laguna Pueblo. “I work with all my heart to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.” Davids, a veteran MMA fighter, compared the current political battle between Donald Trump and Joe Biden to the final minutes of the last round of an MMA fight. “We’ve been training for this for generations,” said Davids, who is a citizen of the Ho Chunk Nation. “It’s so consequential.” Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, citizen of White Earth Nation, talked about the power of having Indigenous people at the table where important decisions are made. “When we’re here and we’re at the table, you can feel the difference,” he said. Flanagan also spoke about his 40-year-old brother, Ron Golden, a Marine Corps veteran who died in March of COVID-19[female[feminine, and she thanked Christine Urquiza for sharing the story of her father’s death from coronavirus on the first night of the convention. “What happened to our families shouldn’t have happened, and it shouldn’t happen to any other family in the future,” she said. “My parents, this is clearly the most important election of our time.”

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren criticized the Trump administration for not distributing federal coronavirus relief funds to tribes in a timely manner. “The tribal government shouldn’t have had to wait weeks for desperately needed funds,” she said. And she lambasted the Trump administration for canceling the reservation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in his home state of Massachusetts. the similar to termination This action, decried throughout the Indian country, is the subject of an ongoing dispute. “It shouldn’t have happened at all,” said Warren, who has come under fire for claiming Indigenous heritage. “With Joe Biden in power, Indian Country won’t have to worry about that kind of disrespect anymore. He stands with Indian Country.

Paulette Jordan, citizen of Coeur d’Alene Tribe who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Idaho, said it is important to ensure the voices of Indigenous youth are included in discussions on Indigenous issues. She featured three Indigenous youth at a roundtable on Tuesday night. Among them, Samuel Lopez of Tohono O’odham Nation, who spoke about the need to ensure that young indigenous people have access to transport to vote and receive information on how the vote works and the positions of political candidates. “It starts at home, then it starts in the community, then it starts in the nation,” he said.

President Jonathan Nose from Navajo Nation was among 17 party activists who took turns delivering the opening speech at the DNC. He attended the 2016 convention as a delegate, while serving as vice president of his tribe. “Let’s be real,” Nez said during his portion of the keynote on Tuesday night. “There is a lot to do in this election.” Vice President of Nose, Myron Lizer, has worked with Republicans for the past several months. He met with President Trump for an Indigenous roundtable in Phoenix, Arizona on May 5, advocating for the release of COVID-19 aid to tribal governments. Just last week he hosted Vice President Mike Pence in Phoenix. “When there’s a chance to speak face-to-face with White House leaders, it’s a great opportunity for the Navajo Nation to raise our voices and strengthen our government-to-government partnership,” Lizer said. , who also attended a Trump rally in Phoenix in June.

the Native American Caucus Meeting Tuesday opened on a positive note, with delegates and participants from all parts of the Indian country sharing greetings and well wishes through a chat function on the DNC website. But Warren’s appearance on the agenda drew racist and stereotypical comments for about the first 30 minutes. “Why does Elizabeth Warren claim to be a Native American? one user wrote. “I’m here for the fire water and the powwow chow recipe,” read another comment. A flood of negative comments shortly before Warren’s remarks prompted operators to shut down the chat feature, two Democratic Party officials confirmed to Indianz.Com. It is unclear whether the function will return in time for Thursday’s caucus meeting. “Unfortunately,” a party official told Indianz.Com, “there were too many trolls so we had to close the chat which is really sad as it’s a great way to connect in this moment”. the final meeting of the Native American Caucus takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, the final day of the convention, when Biden and Harris will formally accept the party’s nomination as president and vice president, respectively.

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