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Open Letter Thanking Heidi Heitkamp for Dedication to Indian Country

Dear Senator Heitkamp:

    As American Indian woman, we write to thank you for your leadership and dedication to Indian country.  Notably, in challenging times, you stood up for Indian children with legislation to establish the Spotted Bear—Soboleff Commission on Native Children to address difficulties that confront our Native Youth.  For example: 

•    37 percent of Native children live in poverty;

•    Suicide rates for Native children ages 15-24 years old are 2.5 times the national average;

•    High school graduation rate for Native students is around 50 percent, compared to more than 75 percent for white students; and

•    While the overall rate of child mortality in the U.S. has decreased since 2000, the rate for Native children has increased 15 percent.

To help reverse these impacts, the Commission on Native Children will conduct a comprehensive study on the programs, grants, and supports available for Native children, both at government agencies and on the ground in Native communities, with the goal of developing a sustainable system that delivers wrap-around services to Native children.

     Heidi stands up for Native American women, introducing Savannah’s Act to increase FBI and other Federal law enforcement resources to help find missing, and resolve cases involving murdered, Native women, children, and men.  Senator Heitkamp also worked to secure funding for Native American Victims of Crime to provide safe houses, counselling and services for Native victims of crime.

     Heidi has improved outreach to American Indian Veterans, holding consultations and outreach summits with Native veterans and the Departments of the Interior, Health and Human Services, Veterans Administration and the White House.  Heidi has worked to secure housing resources and agricultural programs for Native Americans.

     For all that you do, Senator Heitkamp, we thank you!!!

     Remember to vote on November 6, 2018!!! 

Myra Pearson                                           Jodi Rave Spotted Bear 

Twila Martin Kekahbah                         Janet Thomas

A Gay Kingman

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10/18/2018

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10/8/2018

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10/3/2018

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8/3/2018

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7/31/2018

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7/23/2018

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7/22/2018

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7/20/2018

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7/19/2018

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7/18/2018

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7/17/2018

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7/16/2018

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(New Mexico) -- Former congressional candidate Gavin Clarkson of Las Cruces was selected Saturday to be the Republican nominee for secretary of state. Clarkson was...

7/6/2018

article Record Number Of Native Americans Running For Office In Midterms
(USA) -- On a recent afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M., Deb Haaland sits with a thick stack of paper in front of her, calling donors to thank them for their contributions...

7/4/2018

article Record Number Of Native Americans Running For Office In Midterms
(USA) -- On a recent afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M., Deb Haaland sits with a thick stack of paper in front of her, calling donors to thank them for their contributions...

7/2/2018

article Federal judge sides with San Juan County, says it’s been ‘pretty vigorous’ in implementing new voter boundaries that benefit Navajo residents
(Utah) -- A federal judge declined Monday to reopen a landmark voting rights case filed by Navajo residents in southeastern Utah, suggesting that San Juan County’s...
article Judge won’t hold San Juan County in contempt over primary election problems
(Utah) -- A federal judge has refused to hold San Juan County in contempt of court over problems that emerged leading up to the primary election. The county has been...

6/23/2018

article Navajo man fights disqualification from ballot as San Juan County deals with court-ordered elections changes
(Utah) -- A Navajo man filed suit Wednesday challenging a Utah county’s decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local...
article Who Is Sharice Davids? She Could Be The First Indigenous Woman In Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- The first time she stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ring in 2006, it only took a matter of seconds before Sharice laid out her opponent...

6/22/2018

article Navajo Candidate Sues After Being Kicked Off San Juan County Ballot
(Utah) -- A lawsuit announced this week in Salt Lake City focuses on a contested county commission seat, newly redrawn voting districts and a Navajo candidate well known...

6/21/2018

article Navajo Man Fights Ruling Disqualifying Him From Utah Ballot
(Utah) -- A Navajo man filed suit Wednesday challenging a Utah county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local...

6/20/2018

article President Trump Is Spurring Native American Women to Run for Office
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump routinely calls a U.S. senator “Pocahontas.” One time, he did it in front of Navajo code talkers who helped...
article Native Americans’ right to vote is under attack
(Washington D.C.) -- Growing up on the sprawling Navajo Nation land in the northeast corner of Arizona, Darrell Marks remembers telling people how to find the two-...

6/17/2018

article VIDEO:; #NativeVote18: Can Native Americans change US politics?
(Indian Country) -- November's midterm elections could be a pivotal moment in the United States. Not only could the balance of power in congress shift, but the...

6/12/2018

article In Arizona, Native Americans try to boost turnout: 'Our ancestors couldn't vote, but we can'
(Arizona) -- Red mountains rise from the desert stillness. As a paved road breaks off, tribal government buildings emerge. Inside one, Angela Willeford works on voter...
article 5 Ways to Increase Voter Turnout in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
(USA) -- The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population is a growing political force in the United States. With more than 4.7 million eligible voters, AI/AN...

6/11/2018

article Native American vote could have impact in midterms: Activists
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans’ growing political influence could leave a substantial impact on this year’s midterm elections, especially in North...
article Record numbers of women are running, but how many can win?
(USA) -- With primary season underway and a record number of women on ballots nationwide, the question now is how many will make it to office after elections in November...

6/10/2018

article Lovejoy, Yazzie face controversy in Public Regulation Commission race
(New Mexico) -- Incumbent Public Regulation Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy is facing controversy regarding some donations made to her campaign while a campaign ad mailed to...

6/9/2018

article Becenti-Aguilar wins razor thin decision to win NM post; plus Oklahoma ahead
(Indian Country) -- New Mexico Democrats tossed out members of the state’s Public Regulation Commission on Tuesday. There was a lot of competition for the seat in...

6/6/2018

article Deb Haaland’s Primary Win Puts Her Even Closer To Becoming The First Native American Congresswoman
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico Democrat and ICE abolitionist is well on her way to making history as the country's first Native American congresswoman. Deb Haaland won...

6/5/2018

article Dem wins primary in bid to become first Native American congresswoman
(New Mexico) -- Former state Democratic Party leader Debra Haaland won the Democratic primary in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District Tuesday night in her bid...
article New Mexico Democrat wins, seeks to become first Native American woman in Congress
(New Mexico) -- Deb Haaland won the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, taking a big step closer to becoming the first Native...
article Past Democratic Party chair Haaland wins nomination
(New Mexico) -- Deb Haaland, a former New Mexico Democratic Party chairwoman who would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress, won a hard-fought...
article Western Native Voice: Restoring hope one Native voter at a time
(Montana) -- If you consider yourself a woke Native from Montana, chances are you’ve probably heard of Western Native Voice, (WNV) a dynamic non-profit...

6/4/2018

article Browning polling place moves after county dispute
(Montana) -- On the Blackfeet reservation, a disagreement between the tribe, Glacier County, and a business has left people with very limited services in the area....

5/31/2018

article #NativeVote18 Candidates look for party nominations in elections set for Tuesday
(Indian Country) -- Voters in eight states go to the polls Tuesday to select their party’s nominees. There are #NativeVote18 candidates on the ballots in...
article Native vote at issue as North Dakota faulted for 'discriminatory' law
(North Dakota) -- Native voters in North Dakota continue to fight for their rights amid repeated attempts to limit their participation. A federal judge has twice ruled...

5/30/2018

article Pearce's decision opens door for four GOP candidates
(New Mexico) -- The decision by longtime Congressman Steve Pearce to give up his seat representing New Mexico’s Second Congressional District in order to run for...

5/29/2018

article ND voter ID settlement conference ends without resolution
(North Dakota) -- The two sides fighting over North Dakota's voter identification law failed to reach a settlement Tuesday, May 29. More than two years after several...
article COLUMN: As Native American voters abandon her, Democrat Heitkamp touts comparison to a caustic chemical
(North Dakota) -- “I take ‘battery acid’ as a compliment,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp says in her latest campaign ad. It’s supposed to be a...

5/24/2018

article Tester to Sessions: Protect voting rights of Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Jon Tester is spearheading an effort to tear down barriers that strip Montanans of their right to vote. Tester is demanding Attorney...

5/22/2018

article Could Deb Haaland Become Congress’ First Native American Woman Member?
(New Mexico) -- Congress has never ever had a Native American female representative. In the face of that shocking fact a number of indigenous women are running for...

5/20/2018

article #NativeVote18: Deb Haaland in a tight three-way race; Gavin Clarkson draws controversy with Team Trump flag
(New Mexico) -- A new poll shows Deb Haaland trailing two of her primary opponents by a slim margin. The New Mexico primary is June 5 and early voting started Saturday.

5/19/2018

article #NativeVote18 Donna Bergstrom tapped as candidate for Minnesota Lieutenant Governor
(Minnesota) -- A barrier broken. History. And another first. So just another day in the 2018 election cycle. Let’s not bury the lede here. Donna Bergstrom, Red...

5/16/2018

article Possibility of 1st Indigenous mayor of Vancouver prompts calls for more diversity in city politics
(British Columbia) -- Ian Campbell's run to become a candidate for mayor of Vancouver could result in him becoming the first Indigenous person or person of colour to...

5/14/2018

article Distance, language can still pose challenge to Native American voting
(Washington D.C.) -- Arusha Gordon remembers hearing the decades-old stories from her Native American clients about the challenges of voting back then. Polling places...

5/8/2018

article Native Americans Running For Political Office In Record Numbers
(USA) -- A record number of Native Americans are running for political office this year nationally and in the Mountain West. That’s what Mark Trahant said he...

5/5/2018

article Alaska considers measures to switch to mail voting
(Alaska) -- Alaska is looking into conducting more of its elections by mail, though it may not completely convert right away. Interest at the state and local government...

5/3/2018

article 1st Congressional District candidate Debra Haaland
(New Mexico) -- 1. Please give your position on DACA. As a Native American woman, my family has experienced the brutality of government-backed family separation –...
article Native American candidate enters California District 1 race
(California) -- Entering the political fray for the California State Assembly District 1 election is a notable addition, as Caleen Sisk filed to run as a Democratic...
article PEARL JAM: Sold-out Missoula show for Montanans who believe every voice should be heard
(Montana) -- On April 18, Pearl Jam announced that their sold-out Aug. 13 show at Missoula’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium would be recognized as Rock2Vote. As a...

5/1/2018

article #NativeVote18: Arvina Martin Challenges Wisconsin Status Quo With Bid For Secretary of State
(Wisconsin) -- Election seasons have themes. There are campaign biographies and stories that seem familiar. One such theme is a younger candidates who is challenging the...

4/30/2018

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote18: ‘100+ And Growing’ Native Candidates Seeking Early Votes in Primaries Countrywide
(Indian Country) -- It’s already time to cast ballots in the 2018 election season — a cycle with more Native Americans running for Congress or to lead state...

4/25/2018

article A Historic Number of Native American Women Are Running for Office: 'We're Helping to Clear a Path'
(USA) -- Peggy Flanagan had wanted to be a special education teacher. She'd volunteered in special education classrooms for almost a decade. She'd earned her...

4/13/2018

article Deb Haaland Could Be the First Native American Woman Elected to Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Running! is a Teen Vogue series about getting involved in government. In this op-ed, New Mexico congressional candidate Deb Haaland explains why...

4/6/2018

article Citing Native American Barriers, Judge Orders North Dakota to Change Voter ID Law
(North Dakota) -- An attorney challenging North Dakota's voter ID law welcomed a federal judge's ruling Wednesday, April 4, that expands Native Americans'...
article Omak District polling to be held at new senior site
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribal Elections Office has issued a reminder that the Omak District polls for the upcoming election will be held at the Omak Senior Meal...

4/4/2018

article Federal judge expands tribal ID options for North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has agreed to expand the proof of identity Native Americans can use for North Dakota elections, a decision reversing his temporary...
article Citing Native Americans’ ‘cherished right’ to vote, federal judge orders changes to ND voter ID law
(North Dakota) -- An attorney challenging North Dakota’s voter ID law welcomed a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday that expands Native Americans’...

3/29/2018

article Deb Haaland aims to be the first Native American woman in Congress
(New Mexico) -- In 2008, when Deb Haaland was driving across the sprawling landscapes of New Mexico, working to register Native American voters near the tribal land...

3/28/2018

article What the 2018 midterms could mean for Native voting
(Indian Country) -- Indian Country News is a weekly note from High Country News, as we continue to broaden our coverage of tribal affairs across the West. Patricia...

3/26/2018

article 18 Native Americans Running for Legislative Seats in 2018
(Montana) -- The list of Montana's legislative candidates includes 18 native Americans, more than in each of the last two election cycles. Lee Newspapers of Montana...

3/25/2018

article We desperately need more Native American and First Nations women elected to office
(North America) -- An 18-year-old female goes missing in the US. Her body is never found – and neither is the person responsible for her disappearance – but...
article DFL Endorses Northbird and Branden to run in House Districts 2A and 2B
(Minnesota) -- Two candidates, both with Native American lineage, were endorsed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives during the 2018 Senate District 2 DFL...

3/23/2018

article BREWER: What the 2018 midterms could mean for Native voting
(Colorado) -- Patricia Roybal Caballero was a freshman lawmaker in New Mexico’s House of Representatives when she walked into a popular Santa Fe restaurant in 2013...

3/21/2018

article Meet Deb Haaland, Who Could Become Our First Native American Congresswoman
(New Mexico) -- Deb Haaland stands to make history. If the New Mexico Democrat's campaign is successful, the single mom could become the only Native American woman...

3/20/2018

article Historic number of Native American women running for office
(USA) -- Nearly 40 Native American women are running for office this election cycle, The New York Times reported. At least four Native American women are running for...

3/19/2018

article There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.
(New Mexico) -- When Deb Haaland was a child, she would rise early on this state’s sun-beaten tribal land, sling a water jar around her waist and climb the mesa...

3/18/2018

article Elections Canada launching new initiatives to serve Indigenous voters
(Canada) -- Elections Canada is planning early engagement initiatives and cultural training for staff to better serve Indigenous voters at the polls next year. This...

3/12/2018

article Why Should Native Americans Vote? Protecting Sacred Sites Is One Answer
(New Mexico) -- Why should Native Americans vote? Linda Yardley from Taos Pueblo had one answer at a field hearing of the Native American Voting Rights Coalition Friday...

3/2/2018

article TRAHANT: Indian Country Follows National Trend of More Female Candidates
(Indian Country) -- Across the country more women than ever are running for office, including Congress, statewide posts, and legislatures. That’s the case in...

2/28/2018

article Record Number of Native American Women to Run in 2018 Midterm Polls
(Washington) -- Native Americans are underrepresented in Washington's corridors of power. Three known Native Americans have served in the Senate and fewer than 20 in...

1/20/2018

article The Woman Who Could Become America's First-Ever Indigenous Governor
(Idaho) -- Paulette Jordan has had people gunning for her to be governor of Idaho for years—even before she decided to run. Jordan previously served on the Coeur d...

1/15/2018

article Groups record voting rights abuses against Native Americans
(Arizona) -- Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don’t speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites. Native Americans say they...

1/12/2018

article Groups record voting-rights abuses against Native Americans
(USA) -- Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don’t speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites. Native Americans say they have...

1/11/2018

article Groups record voting rights abuses against Native Americans
(California) -- Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites. Native Americans say they...

1/8/2018

article For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box
(Utah) -- In this county of desert and sagebrush, Wilfred Jones has spent a lifetime angered by what his people are missing. Running water, for one. Electricity, for...

1/4/2018

article Meet the anti-Trump candidate running to become the United States’ first Native American governor
(Indian Country) -- In a year when the rights of indigenous people have been under assault, from Standing Rock to the president’s Twitter feed, a largely unknown...

12/28/2017

article New Voting Districts Drawn In Native Discrimination Suit
(Utah) -- A federal judge has handed down new voting districts to replace those declared discriminatory against American Indian voters in southeastern Utah, but a...

12/27/2017

article Federal judge restructures voting districts in county
(Utah) -- Voting districts in San Juan County have been restructured by a federal judge. The new boundaries create voting districts that maintain a Native American...
article San Juan County Wants To Appeal Navajo Voting Rights Ruling
(Utah) -- San Juan County is asking a federal court to finalize a recent decision on voting districts. County leaders want to appeal the ruling, as the county’s...

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