Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, IA.

AT LEAST 6 CANDIDATES: Bullock, Castro, Delaney, Sanders, Williamson, plus Independent Candidate Mark Charles.

Background: "representatives of Tribes and leading Native American organizations from across the country will serve on panels composed of Tribal leaders and Native youth, posing questions of candidates and create dialogue."

CONTACT: Matt Samp
Communications Director
Four Directions, Inc.

Native Presidential Forum: Democrats Sanders, Castro, Williamson, Bullock, Delaney, and Independent Charles confirmed attendees as of July 25, 2019

Frank LaMere Presidential Candidate Forum message to Presidential candidates: “Don’t forget about First Americans”

MISSION, SD – July 25, 2019 — Four Directions intends to make history in Sioux City, Iowa, on August 19 and 20 with the first-ever presidential election forum focused entirely on the concerns of Native Americans.

Organizers have already confirmed five candidates vying for the Democratic nomination: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, best-selling author Marianne Williamson, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and former United States Representative John Delaney.  Independent Candidate Mark Charles, a member of the Navajo Nation, will also attend.  Discussions continue with several other campaigns and additional guests are expected.

“Candidates want to say yes to this event, because they understand voter turnout is increasing dramatically in Indian Country,” said O.J. Semans, co-executive director of Four Directions, the primary organizer of the forum.

The Frank LaMere Presidential Candidate Forum will be held over two days at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City.  It is named in honor of a Native American rights activist from the Sioux City area, who died in June.

Native-led Four Directions is the nation’s preeminent Native voter engagement organization focusing on our nation’s First Americans.  Four Directions has an established record of winning lawsuits to expand voting access and working on reservations throughout the United States to dramatically boost Native voter participation.

In addition to Four Directions and Native Organizers Alliance hosting the forum, most of the country’s major Native American organizations have signed on as co-hosts.  These include: National Congress of American Indians, Native American Rights Fund, Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, Coalition of Large Tribes, Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, and United South and Eastern Tribes.

Semans said the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will be the Lead Premier sponsor for the event and NDN Collective has joined as Lead Underwriting sponsor.  Tom Rodgers of Carlyle Consulting has joined as Lead Stage sponsor.

“In a contested primary and a general election that’s likely to be close, there are several states where Native American voters can provide a winning margin,” said Semans.  He added it’s a matter of fairness to expect candidates for President to be familiar with issues facing Indian Country.  Four Directions, the media and other Native rights organizations are paying close attention this year to candidate positions, and Semans said Native American voters will be better informed than ever when it comes time to vote.

Four Directions has been instrumental where Native American voters have made the difference for Native-preferred candidates in previous elections.  An example is Montana.  As a result of Four Directions’ litigation in Wandering Medicine vs. McCulloch in 2012-2014 and continued advocacy, Montana now has 13 in-person satellite voting offices on Indian Reservations.  These satellite offices have made a demonstrable difference.  Last year, for example, Senator Jon Tester won re-election in Montana with just over 50 percent of the vote.  In one of the voting precincts serving nearly exclusively Native American voters, Tester won 31 out of every 32 votes of the 2-party votes cast.

“No candidate should take the Native American vote for granted,” said Semans.  “But when candidates demonstrate they understand the issues and will work for the betterment of our people and our communities, they can earn our votes.”

At the Frank LaMere Presidential Candidate Forum, representatives of Tribes and leading Native American organizations from across the country will serve on panels composed of Tribal leaders and Native youth, posing questions of candidates and create dialogue.

“This forum isn’t about ‘gotcha’ moments.  It’s about ‘get it’ moments.  We want candidates to grasp the challenges and aspirations of Indian Country,” said Semans.  “At the two nights of candidate debates in Miami, broadcast to a national audience, not one question or one candidate comment addressed Native American issues.  Ignoring this forum in Iowa is ignoring the millions of First Americans who are citizens and voters.”

Among the issues expected to be explored at the forum: the scourge of murdered and missing indigenous women, Native infrastructure, Native American health care, Native education and Native economic development.

These and other Native issues are impacted by the United States’ willingness to honor treaty obligations.  Treaty obligations and sovereignty will be front and center on August 19th and 20th.

Candidates will also be asked to express their position on H.R. 3467 (Remove the Stain Act), the bipartisan House legislation revoking the 20 Medals of Honor awarded to 7th Cavalry troops for participating in the murders of innocent Native American women and children at the Wounded Knee Massacre of December 29, 1890.

“This forum is a national conversation with Indian Country,” said Semans, who noted the event will be covered by various regional and national media outlets.  While a live big six media partner has not stepped forward, the entire event will be streamed live via the Four Direction website, co-host websites, blogs, media outlets and social media platforms.

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Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women will be Key Topic;

Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council and Global Indigenous Council sign on as additional co-hosts.

MISSION, SD – August 2, 2019 – Four Directions Co-Executive Director O.J. Semans said the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women must be addressed by the candidates appearing at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City on August 19 – 20, 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) has also joined as co-host. The RMTLC represents tribes in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The Global Indigenous Council (GIC) was formed by a Resolution of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA). In addition to GPTCA and RMTLC, co-hosts include the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Rights Fund, Coalition of Large Tribes, Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, United South and Eastern Tribes, and Seeding Sovereignty.

The forum will feature panels of tribal leaders and Native American youth who will question presidential candidates making individual appearances over the two-day event.

“We’re working to ensure the next President of the United States understands and is committed to addressing the issue of violence against Native American women,” said Semans. “We’re hopeful candidates will also add their voice to revoke the Medals of Honor wrongfully awarded to 7th Cavalry soldiers for the murders of Native women and children at the December 29, 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. For as long as these medals remain unrevoked, the United States of America officially provides support to those who commit violence against Native women,” Semans said.

Many Native American women who are tribal and community leaders will be among the panelists, including Gay Kingman, the executive director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.

The National Crime Information Center estimates there were nearly 6,000 cases of murdered or missing Native American women in the year 2016 alone, eclipsing the death toll for U.S. forces in the Iraq War. One in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. The Department of Justice estimates indigenous women are about two and a half times more likely to be victims of sexual assault. Semans said it’s important to note the Department of Justice reports 86 percent of all reported sex crimes against Native women are perpetrated by non-Natives.

Violence against Native American women is significantly more frequent than in the general population, and the high incidence has led to bi-partisan efforts in Congress. The Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act, and the Studying the Missing and Murdered Indian Crisis Act sponsors included Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Sen. Tom Udall, (D-NM), Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).

“From the highest political offices, politicians and their surrogates continue to launch infantile and racist attacks invoking the name of Pocahontas. Ironically, Matoaka, known historically as Pocahontas, suffered the same traumas experienced by missing and murdered indigenous victims. The MMIW issue is older than America, but 243 years after the colonists’ Declaration of Independence we’re still waiting for the United States Government to address the epidemic. Recently, our legislative recommendations received bipartisan support from prominent members of the House and Senate, yet we are still waiting for meaningful legislation to be passed, said Lynnette Grey Bull, Senior Vice President – Global Indigenous Council (GIC).

“Fifty federally recognized Indian tribes from the frontlines of the MMIW tragedy signed-off on our Savanna’s Act amendments but they appear no closer to making it into the final bill. We lobbied hard for the Native Articles in the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2019 and given the critical role of some 2020 candidates in formulating VAWA, it would be good to hear how they would move not only VAWA but other MMIW-related legislation out of Mitch McConnell’s vault and into law,” Grey Bull said.

“Senator McConnell has reveled in his self-given moniker, the Grim Reaper. All MMIW legislation goes through him. If he won’t bring the bills to the floor the death rate among the most vulnerable in our communities, our women and children, will continue to rise. At that point, he might not be so proud of his nickname and we need to know which 2020 presidential candidates are going to act and not just talk about saving lives,” stated Tom Rodgers, President (Acting), Global Indigenous Council, Blackfeet Tribal member and Jack Abramoff Whistle-blower.

“We encourage presidential candidates to also attend the first-ever MMIW Tribunal in the US, scheduled for September 6 and 7 on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana,” said OJ Semans, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Co-Executive Director, Four Directions.

Photos of elected leaders endorsing the efforts of GPTCA, RMTLC, and GIC regarding MMIW attached to this media release.

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*Members of Congress photos © Alter-Native Media. Courtesy of Global Indigenous Council.


For an in-depth discussion of issues in Indian Country, see this Washington Post story, which includes input from Four Directions:

To learn more about the Frank LaMere Presidential Candidate Forum hosts and co-hosts, please follow these links:


Four Directions, Inc. –
Native Organizers Alliance –


National Congress of American Indians –
Coalition of Large Tribes –
Native American Rights Fund –
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association –
Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes –
United South and Eastern Tribes –
Seeding Sovereignty –
Global Indigenous Council –
Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council –
Lead Premier Sponsor: Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana –
Lead Underwriting Sponsor: NDN Collective – 
Underwriting Sponsor: Movement Voter Project:
Lead Stage Sponsor Tom Rodgers of Carlyle Consulting:

Bullock for President
Monday, August 19, 2019

JUST IN: Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council Endorses Governor Bullock for President

Council Chairman: Bullock Has “Earned Our Trust”

Helena, MT – Ahead of Monday’s Frank LeMare Native American Presidential Forum, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, a consortium of tribes across Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, endorsed Montana Governor Steve Bullock for President. Council Chairman Gerald Gray released the following statement:

“The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council is proud to endorse Governor Bullock for President. For over a decade, he has been a proven leader in working with Montana Tribes to improve government-to-government relationships,” said Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council Chairman Gerald Gray. “He's fought alongside us to improve the lives of our people — from expanding access to affordable healthcare to investing in better educational and economic opportunities. Steve Bullock won't just be the President who understands Indian Country — he'll be the one who's earned our trust.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council,” Montana Governor Steve Bullock said. “Working together with tribal governments and our state legislature’s Indian Caucus, we’ve been able to make real progress in ensuring that everyone in Indian Country has a fair shot at success. As President, I’ll remain deeply committed to achieving social and economic justice for all Native American communities across the country."
Julián for the Future
August 20, 2019

Indigenous Leaders Endorse Secretary Castro Ahead of Native American Presidential Forum

Leaders point out Castro’s commitment to Indigenous communities
SAN ANTONIO, TX (August 20, 2019) – Prominent Indigenous leaders including two state lawmakers endorsed presidential candidate Julián Castro, the first 2020 candidate to release a comprehensive plan to honor and strengthen Native American communities, on Tuesday ahead of his appearance at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa.

The leaders endorsing Secretary Castro include:

  • Christina Blackcloud, Vice Chair of the Native American Caucus of the Iowa Democratic Party, Meskwaki Nation
  • South Dakota State Senator Red Dawn Foster of Pine Ridge, Oglala Lakota and Dine’e 
  • Arizona State Representative Arlando Teller, Dinè  
  • Jennifer K. Falcon, Indigenous Environmental Network, Citizen of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux Tribal Nation
“I am honored by the support of these leaders and vow from the first day of my administration to work with them to honor our nation’s commitment to Indigenous communities,” Secretary Castro said. “We must learn from our failures and work toward a better future. We must end the disparity, injustice and intolerable conditions in some Indigenous communities and work to honor treaty obligations, respect the relationship between governments, and stop corporations from exploiting sacred lands for their own profit.”
“I am endorsing Secretary Castro because of his commitment to tribal Indigenous people and to all people. It was not a surprise to me that Secretary Castro was the first candidate to share a detailed Indigenous platform.” -Christina Blackcloud, Vice Chair of the Native American Caucus of the Iowa Democratic Party

“Secretary Castro is an unwavering leader raised by a strong woman in a family that has been fighting for civil rights longer than Donald Trump has been trying to tear them apart. I trust Secretary Castro to continue this fight for all Americans of all backgrounds as he has throughout his career.” -- State Senator Red Dawn Foster, South Dakota (D-27) 

“Naat’áanii is the Navajo word for leader. And a leader advocates, promotes, protects and uplifts his community. Julián Castro is the Naat’áanii for the United States of America. I sincerely support and endorse Secretary Castro to be our Naat’áanii.” -- Arizona State Representative Arlando Teller 

“By centering the voices of vulnerable communities, Secretary Castro has provided the leadership needed to heal our country from the last four years. Secretary Castrowas the first to propose an Indigenous Peoples platform giving our issues a voice on the national stage while also proposing humane policies for historically oppressed relatives seeking refuge by crossing the border.” -- Jennifer K. Falcon, Indigenous Environmental Network, Citizen of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux Tribal Nation

Secretary Castro proposed his “People First Indigenous Communities” policy in July, unveiling his “historic” and “first of its kind" platform that “addresses nearly every major political and legal issue facing Indigenous people.” He will speak at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum, the first focused on the concerns of Native Americans.
Kamala for the People
August 19, 2019

Tomorrow, Kamala Harris to Join Sioux City Native American Presidential Forum via Video Conference

Tomorrow, August 20, 2019, Senator Kamala Harris will join participants of the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum via video conference. The forum is the first of its kind opportunity for presidential candidates to discuss issues that directly impact Native communities across the country. At the forum, Harris will discuss her work in California and in the Senate to support Native American families and her plans as president to be a partner for tribal sovereignty and self-governance. 

Harris was the first Attorney General in California history to give a Tribal Police Department direct access to the state’s criminal history database, including child abuse records, in order to protect native families from threats. And she launched an investigation into a local government for violating the rights of Native children by failing to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act. In the Senate, Harris is a co-sponsor of The Native American Voting Rights Act and The Tribal Food Sovereignty Act.

Tuesday, August 20 

Kamala Harris Video Conference into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
When: 2:00 pm CST
Where: Livestream LINK

Kamala for the People
August 21, 2019

Kamala Harris Picks Up Endorsements From Major Native American Tribal Leaders

On Heels of LaMere Native American Presidential Forum, Native Leaders Back Harris

On the heels of her participation in Frank LaMere’s Native American Presidential Forum and a career-long track record of partnership with Native communities, Senator Kamala Harris earned the endorsements of Chairman Mark Macarro of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and Chairman Kenneth Kahn of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
Macarro has served as the southern California tribe’s duly elected chairman for nearly 25 years. He also serves in the National Congress of American Indians. Kahn was elected Tribal Chairman in April 2016 after serving on the Business Committee since March 2003. He also serves on the board of the Native American Rights Fund
“I know that under a Harris administration, Indian country will again be valued,” said Chairman Macarro. “Senator Harris has engaged California’s tribes in many roles, and her door was always open to us on a wide range of issues. We need a president that respects Native traditions and values -- one who gets tribal sovereignty, recognizes our history, and will look forward with us. Kamala Harris is that leader and will be that president.”
"Today, I am proud to endorse Kamala Harris for president,”  said Chairman Kahn. “I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Kamala as DA, Attorney General, and as our home-state Senator. In each role, she has showed a willingness to dig into the meat of the issues and roll up her sleeves to get things done. Indian Country needs more of that tenacity," said Chairman Kenneth Kahn of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.”
“I'm proud to earn the endorsement of Mark Macarro and Kenneth Kahn,” said Senator Harris. “As President, I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Native communities to solve the challenges they face and ensure our nation respects the sovereignty of Native tribes.”

Amy for America
For Immediate Release: August 19, 2019

Klobuchar Campaign Announces Endorsements of Native American Leaders

Senator Unveils Policy Priorities for Indian Country Ahead of Speech to Native American Presidential Forum
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Today, Amy For America announced the endorsements of Minnesota Lieutenant Governor and citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe Peggy Flanagan, Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Melanie Benjamin, and Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Charlie Vig ahead of SenatorKlobuchar’s speech to the Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa. In her remarks, Senator Klobuchar will outline her policy priorities for Indian Country and her commitment to improving the well-being of Native Americans and tribal communities as President. 

“I’m proud to support Amy Klobuchar for President,” said Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Having represented a state with 11 tribes and vibrant Native communities in both Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Amy is uniquely positioned to ensure that Indigenous folks in both rural and urban communities are heard, seen and valued. Amy knows Minnesota, she knows tribal issues, and she knows how to win in the Midwest. Amy has what it takes to win in 2020 and be a strong partner for Native Americans in the White House.”

“In the Senate, Amy Klobuchar has been a strong ally to Minnesota’s tribal populations” said Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. “She’s championed efforts to improve education, public safety, health care and infrastructure in tribal communities and has led the fight for critical pieces of legislation like the Native American Voting Rights Act and Savanna’s Act. As President, she will commit the federal government to work in partnership with tribal leaders to tackle the challenges facing tribal populations head on through meaningful consultations.” 

America’s strength comes from the diversity of our people and America’s rich history draws from Native American cultures and traditions. Senator Klobuchar is proud to represent a large and diverse tribal population that has contributed so much to Minnesota’s rich culture and heritage, and she recognizes the significant contributions of tribal communities across the country. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Klobuchar believes that Native American tribes have a unique and sacred government-to-government relationship with the United States that is deeply rooted in treaties, the law, and the Constitution. As President, she will strengthen the government-to-government relationship, ensure meaningful and regular tribal consultation in federal policy, and make an unprecedented federal commitment to improving the well-being of Native Americans.

During her time in the Senate, Senator Klobuchar has pushed to improve education in tribal communities, including when she passed legislation to support teachers serving American Indian students as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Senator Klobucharworked with state and tribal leaders to secure funding to build a new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school on the Leech Lake Reservation to address dangerous health and safety problems. She has supported tribal government gaming as one important facet of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and diversification of Reservation economic development. She also nominated acclaimed Native American artist Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota) to serve on the Senate Curatorial Advisory Board, which studied potential acquisitions for appropriateness and authenticity of art displayed in the Capitol. 

Senator Klobuchar has long advocated for the Violence Against Women’s Act Reauthorization and is a strong supporter of Savanna’s Act to address violence against Native American people, particularly women and children. She authored and introduced the Tribal Adoption Parity Act to bring parity to tribal government for the adoption tax credit and she has introduced bills that would expand broadband deployment and adoption in consultation with tribal governments. And Senator Klobuchar helped lead the Native American Voting Rights Act to provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans have equal access to the ballot box. 

As President, Senator Klobuchar’s priorities for Indian Country include:

  • Making sure there is meaningful consultation with Tribal officials by all federal agencies, promoting a strong government-to-government relationship, and partnering with Native American tribes in the development of all federal policies that affect tribes. She will consult with 573 Tribal Nations on all matters of federal policy.  
  • Building on her leadership in the Senate by pushing for the passage of Savanna’s Act to address violence against Native American women and girls and investing in efforts to help tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies combat violence and human trafficking in Indian Country. 
  • Ending the Trump Administration's attacks on tribal sovereignty by stopping the Department of Justice from taking anti-sovereignty positions in litigation and directing the Department of Health and Human Services not to defer to states on Medicaid rules for tribal members. 
  • Investing in infrastructure, including renewable energy development, promoting economic development and building on her leadership in the Senate to expand broadband deployment in Indian Country by connecting every household to the internet by 2022 as President.
  • Consulting with tribal officials to combat addiction and prioritize mental health by creating new early intervention and suicide prevention programs, expanding access to treatment, combating addiction to opioids and other substances, increasing beds for mental health, providing alcohol and drug treatment services, and giving Americans a path to sustainable recovery through economic opportunity.  
  • Building on her leadership in the Senate on voting rights by increasing Native access to voter registration sites and polling locations, requiring automatic voter registration for eligible citizens when they turn 18, and bolstering Native American voter registration, education and election participation efforts in Indian Country.
  • Prioritizing and fully funding federal and tribal law enforcement efforts, expanding support for tribal judicial systems, and providing resources for and directing the Department of Justice to aggressively prosecute violent crimes in Indian country. 
  • Building on her work to provide resources for tribal schools by increasing teacher pay and funding for our schools, providing resources and school infrastructure investments in Indian Country, and making sure that the rising costs of post-secondary education aren’t a barrier to opportunity. 
  • Working with Tribal officials to put forward a plan to cut childhood poverty in half across the country in ten years, including expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Care Tax Credit, SNAP benefits and overhauling our country’s housing policy, with a focus on Indian Country. 
  • Continuing to work with tribes to settle litigation and resolve long-standing disputes over trust assets and natural resources. 
  • Supporting the Indian Health Service, defending the Affordable Care Act, pushing for advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service, and focusing on prevention and treatment of diseases where there is a severe health disparity between tribes and non-Indian communities, including cancer, diabetes and suicide.  
  • Working to prioritize VA health care services, employment, and housing for Native veterans and advocating for our Native veterans so they have access to a good education and good jobs when they come home.

Bernie 2020
August 20, 2019

NEWS: Bernie Sanders Vows to Fight for Native American Treaty Rights and Tribal Sovereignty

At Frank LaMere Native American Forum, Sanders outlines plan to bring sovereignty, justice, opportunity and dignity to the Native American community
SIOUX CITY, IA – Sen. Sanders today addressed the Frank LaMere Native American Forum outlining his plan to invest in and rebuild Indian Country, reverse Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the agencies that fund almost every single tribal program and ensure Native authorities have jurisdiction over crimes committed in Indian Country, regardless the race of the perpetrator. Unlike Trump’s racist and bigoted efforts to divide and defund communities of color, a Sanders administration would expand tribal protections, respect tribal sovereignty, and protect Native American cultures and honor the treaties and statutes.

“We have to protect the sacred places of Native peoples and we have to help restore lost tribal lands,” said Sen. Sanders. “And we must make sure Washington is never acting on tribal matters without full consultation with affected peoples. Before we can do all that, we must defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern history. Like so many demagogues, he is trying to divide us up. We can’t let him do that.”

As president, Sanders would reverse Republican efforts to suppress voting rights in Native communities and Trump’s budget cuts to the Department of Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians--instead providing resources to protect and revitalize indigenous languages, religions, cultures, and traditions. Sanders would also call for representation of Native peoples in the highest levels of government in Washington and expand protections for tribal lands.

Additionally, Sanders would enact criminal justice reforms in Indian Country to ensure tribal nations have the autonomy and authority to protect their own peoples by prosecuting criminal offenders for violent crimes that occur within tribal borders, regardless of the criminal’s race.

Sanders has a long record of fighting for Tribal rights including addressing the wealth gap that is plaguing Native American communities through Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and much bigger investments in K-12 education in low-income communities. He fought to save Oak Flat by repealing a giveaway to a foreign-owned mining company and has stood alongside advocates fighting against the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines, and the construction of a nuclear storage site on Yucca Mountain.


Warren for President
Friday, August 16, 2019

Warren Releases Proposals to Honor and Empower Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples

Marianne Williamson for President
August 19, 2019
Patricia Ewing
Communications Director

Williamson Calls for New Era of American History, Atonement, and Making Amends with Native Americans at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Candidate Forum

(Sioux City) - This morning Williamson had the honor of being the first speaker at the first Native American Presidential Candidate Forum hosted by Four Directions, a Native American Political Organization.

Williamson explained that she wants to be president to help navigate the country through this time of crisis and to help the country “put to bed one era of our history and begin a new one.”

She went on to say, “The economic issues that have already been referred to here, the issues of missing and murdered indigenous women, the issues of lack of health care, the issues of unfairly negotiated treaties, the issues of broken treaties, the issues of the Keystone and the Bakken pipelines…so many areas where on an external level there are deep and systemic injustices to be addressed. I am running for president because if all we do is address the issues on the level of the external; then even when repair is made, repair can then be regressed, issues can be repealed, actions can be undone. I want to help this country reconcile with a horrific chapter of our past.”

“I want the people of the United States to come to understand that what occurred on this planet was one of the great evils of history, but that I believe in redemption for nations as well as for individuals.”

“We can atone. We can make amends. And if and when I’m President of the United States, we will,” she continued.

“We will begin by taking that picture of Andrew Jackson off the wall of the Oval Office. I assure you,” Williamson promised.

“If I am president of the United States, there will be a level of atonement, there will be a level of making amends; yes on the external levels we mentioned, but also with so many other ways that your people are lifted to the level of partnership. That takes us beyond the dominator model of history that white Europeans brought to this continent to begin with.”

“I will ask you to join in a new era of American history as partners on this sacred land.”

To see more on Marianne’s policy regarding Native American justice during her future presidency, please view her page on the issue here: Marianne 2020 Native American Justice
Republican National Committee
August 19, 2019

The Fauxcahontas Flip Flop

Today, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Is Attending The “First-Ever Presidential Candidate Forum Focused Entirely On The Concerns Of Native People” In Hopes To Erase Her Past
The Facts:
  • After years of denying that she used her minority status professionally, The Washington Post revealed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren identified as “American Indian” on her 1986 registration card for the State Bar Of Texas.
  • Despite not identifying as a minority with Native American roots early on in her career, starting in 1986 , Sen. Elizabeth Warren listed herself as a minority in a directory used for legal faculty.
  • Then, Warren changed her ethnicity from white to Native American after being hired by Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Warren has previously denied that she used her minority status to help further her career, and that she did not know how Harvard came to list her as  Native American.
  • In October 2018, Warren’s campaign rolled out a “slickly produced video” highlighting DNA test results that suggest she could be 1/1,024th Native American.
  • On January 31, 2019, Warren issued an apology to Cherokee Nation for her ridiculous DNA test claims.
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