American Indian people’s existence hangs in the balance of our working relationships with those on a state and national level of the governing body. With the current decision passed down by the SCOTUS for Voter ID laws, strategically designed to strip American Indian people of the right to vote, the voice of the Indian people is once again suppressed. The continual process of preventing the voice of the Indian People to be heard only continues to enhance Washington’s political agendas by controlling the senate and what land and rights the people have. We must get ourselves involved and create a new era of understanding for our children. Voting is the people’s voice.
To strengthen and empower the voice of Indian people today, voters have to convey to the leaders of their communities how important it is for the Native voice to be heard, in Washington. Understanding the electoral college system is not the Indian way, Indian people must embrace and adapt these governmental procedures and teach their youth that they have a valuable place in this country and their voice is the voice of the future. Voting for politicians that understand the importance of working alongside tribal nations in the preservation of our lands and culture is critical in order to pave the way for all native communities.
Powerful voting blocs can have a significant impact on who is elected to office and, therefore, affect policies that can affect all people including tribal nations and lands. It is time for tribal leaders to come together and create powerful voting blocs that will have a significant effect on the outcome of all elections, thus ensuring ways to work together with tribal communities. When all Indian nations come together as one voice, the importance of Indian votes will ultimately create a new regard for the Indian people’s voice.
It is our responsibility, as Indian people, to speak up for the original teachings of nature as well as our rights and needs. The way we to do that is through voting. Being a part of the decision-making in Washington will allow the Native communities to participate in programs and opportunities available for all people. To have a say and vote in this country is the responsibility and duty of all American people. The Native American people are the original inhabitants of this country and have an even greater right to our vote and our opinion. It’s time that all Indian people stood up in a new way and made their voices heard.
About the Author:
Moses J. Brings Plenty is the Director of Community Relations at CANA Foundation, a nonprofit rewilding organization. Moses is Lakota born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is a direct descendant of Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota who defended the Lakota Way of Life in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Moses is a spiritual leader.
About CANA Foundation:
CANA Foundation Is A 501(C)3 Organization Rewilding America’s Wild Horses, Humans and Habitats. CANA’s re-wilding initiatives humanely manage and preserve America’s wild horse populations; while simultaneously fostering land conservation, sustainability, community empowerment and stewardship. Our re-wilding mission is to restore an ecological balance to our environment through America’s wild horses, by connecting their value for our habitat and land conservation with the overall impact that has on our future. CANA shows specific support for America’s Indigenous People; in acknowledgment and reverence for their understanding and connection with nature and our wild horse nation.
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