North Dakota Native Vote
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League convened their State Reorganization meeting. This year, four North Dakota tribal members ran for executive committee officer positions, including Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Adella Fourth (Standing Rock), Marlo Beaubrun (Standing Rock), Angel Young (Standing Rock/Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation), and Waylon Pretends Eagle (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation/Standing Rock) each declared their candidacy during Saturday’s convening. Both Angel Young and Waylon Pretends Eagle garnered support for the Secretary and Treasurer positions and will serve the two-year term.
Outgoing Secretary and District 27 Representative Ruth Buffalo provided nomination speeches for three of the four candidates. Marlo Beaubrun was excluded from running due to the party’s gender rule. Within the Democratic-Nonpartisan League bylaws, the gender rule states that the Chair and Vice Chair positions must be of the opposite gender.
Representative Buffalo commented on the elections, “Having four Native American candidates run for the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League executive committee is historic. I commend all the candidates and encourage more to get involved. Any candidate must engage with their constituents, including those representing tribal communities, at times other than election season. Ideally, we will continue to see more tribal members and persons from diverse backgrounds stepping up to represent us in statewide offices.”
The reorganization is held every two years, this year there were about 125 people in attendance.