Live blogging the Democrat's debate

#NativeVote20 Live Blog from Sparks, Nevada, from Indian Country Today staff

8:05 pm

Thank you for joining us in this live blog. We will be back Thursday night with another round. We are beginning our 2020 political coverage. Stay tuned to IndianCountryToday.com

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7:47 pm

What does it mean when a debate, actually every debate, ignores the issues in your community? So we tweet about what we'd like the conversation to be. That's never enough, of course. So we cling to the monitors hoping to hear a specific word. To quote the current POTUS #SAD

7:40 pm

7:36 pm

Police violence is an issue in Native communities. Clarence Leading Fighter, 32, was shot and killed in Nebraska on April 14. #NativeVote20 (Issue raised by a candidate not on the stage, former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel) 

https://www.omaha.com/news/crime/sheriff-s-deputy-fatally-shoots-man-at-northwest-nebraska-church/article_396ee6fb-968a-5027-b39b-67ce68c8e54f.html

7:31 pm 

We were just thinking ... wouldn't it be great if one of the candidates (and the anchors) suddenly responded in Dine' or Lakota or Yupik. #NativeVote20

7:27 pm

Grrr. Living in places "they should not." That strikes us as uniformed. Because many of the places impacted by storm surges, raising seas are Native communities in Alaska, Washington, Louisiana. People who have lived in the same place for thousands of years. #NativeVote20 

7:25 pm

7:24 pm

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks about climate change. Voters in Washington state turned down significant climate legislation at the ballot, showing the challenges ahead. And tribes in Washington state are already dealing with the dramatic impacts of global warming. #NativeVote20

7:21 pm

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks about climate change. Voters in Washington state turned down significant climate legislation at the ballot, showing the challenges ahead. And tribes in Washington state are already dealing with the dramatic impacts of global warming. #NativeVote20

7:20 pm

7:15 pm

What are the numbers? Supreme Court has adjudicated "federal Indian law" for nearly all of this country's history. Yet Native American representation remains zero (and as we pointed out, only one Article III judge in the entire judicial system.) #NativeVote20

7:14 pm

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7:06 pm

Gun violence as a public health issue. Even though the discourse is about mass killings. Serious problem, indeed. But most gun deaths are suicide, 30,000 a year. And without a gun most of those people would have survived the attempt. #NativeVote20

7:04 pm 

Conversation during the technical break is about the electoral college. Our thoughts: https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/fixing-democracy-including-first-americans-xWxenePNKE-vR1RKS9vdcg/ 

7:02 pm

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6:53 pm

What about the premise of the Iran questions. What does it mean when a nation, any nation, walks away from an already negotiated and agreed deal? Great nations keep their word. #NativeVote20

6:52 pm 

Can't sacrifice our values? That rings hollow in Indian Country. Yes this country has aspirations. But it has failed a lot too. #NativeVote20

6:42 pm

Separation of children and families is a page out of American Indian history. It does not work. https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/american-indian-adoptees-deal-with-painful-past-and-family-separations-tEx_2D25CU-Kdh2vXLg-Uw/ #NativeVote20

6:32 pm

Did you know Native Americans have the lowest percentage of federal judges, 0.01111 percent?

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6:28 pm

Following up on Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s point about universal insurance. It’s a global issue. Airbus does not have any health care costs, Boeing does. Same difference across the board when US countries compete with enterprises in countries with universal care. #NativeVote20

6:24 p.m.

Native American women do not have access to a full range of reproductive health services, Indian health is subject to the Hyde Amendment. #NativeVote20

One of the largest threats to Indian Country is learning to deal with the affects of climate change. It is 24 minutes into the debate and we have yet to hear about this topic. 

Use #NativeVote20 in your tweets.

Lester Holt asks about private insurance. Readers should know it's an accident of history. It came out of wage and price controls, not a thought out policy.

Medicare for call (or any broad insurance) would result in a three-fold increase of dollars for the Indian health system. 

First post: One theme already is about how making government work again for people. What's unsaid: Government already works better than people think. We had a story today about how the diabetes rate in Indian Country is holding steady after investment in diabetes programs (and complications are on sharp declines).  Read more: 'So much progress' treating the diabetes epidemic in Indian Country

Indian Country Today will debate the Democrat's first and second debates on Wednesday and Thursday at 6 pm Pacific (9 pm Eastern). Hashtag: #NativeVote20 

Reporters will be posting comments, observations. A crew will also be set up to post video comments from viewers who are attending the National Congress of American Indians midyear meeting.

Stay tuned. This page will update at 6 pm.

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