So it seems Native American’s aren’t exactly pleased with election choices and representation of their issues in the national discourse, either.
Thinking back over the polls that I’ve seen recently though, many only poll black and white voters. Sometimes Latino. Sometimes Asian if they aren’t grouped in with “others”. I’ve never seen polling that includes categories for Native Americans, Muslims, etc. Other than vaguely recalling President Obama signing a few bills, and the Redskins uproar, I don’t recall any national attention to their issues, though Dailykos does food and fuel drives every year for Native Americans struggling through harsh winters. Also with the dominance of the Black Lives Matter movement the last two years, I can see why it seems every other minority group is sucking all the oxygen out the room, so I got over myself real quick.
This is the piece:
It mentions attempts to put pressure on Bernie Sanders, and efforts they are making to be disruptive in order to be heard. I like Bernie, and at one time sought to have him run for President. I am still undecided at this point, but I have concerns because his solution, economic prosperity, won’t solve racial issues that minorities face in this country. He seems a bit dismissive of racial issues and I’m not convinced he would be a better advocate than Hillary Clinton, if elected. Hillary on the other hand, has been problematic in the past, with racial dog whistles, etc., when running against Barack Obama among other things.
I asked if there was a list of Native American issues the general public needs to know about and someone graciously supplied me with a huffpo link:
The list of issues affecting Native Americans that I got in my twitter mentions mirrors almost exactly what black citizens are complaining about:
National holiday for the genocidal monster Christopher Columbus
Now, what are candidates doing to solve these issues for Native Americans? Just as Afro-Americans do not automatically benefit from mainstream American initiatives, addressing these issues in black communities, does not necessarily mean that Native Americans will get trickle over effects. They need programs implemented and direct action in their communities as well.
I also learned about Dollar General being problematic. A child was sexually assaulted on tribal lands by a non Native American, and the tribe is being denied the right they are supposed to have to prosecute in their own courts. It was recommended to boycott Dollar General:
Native Americans have the right to vote… but that’s not always enough.
Native Americans and Alaska Natives are often unable to vote because there are no polling places anywhere near them. Some communities, such as the Duck Valley Reservation in Nevada and the Goshute Reservation in Utah, are located more than 100 miles from the nearest polling place.
These problems are compounded by high rates of illiteracy in some rural Native communities, such as the Yup’ik in Alaska, who primarily speak and read their native language because public education was not available in their region until the 1980s.
I just wanted to share the lists of issues and grievances presented to me, as many of them intersect with issues other minorities are facing in the United States. I figure if I haven’t heard about them, being a social media junkie, the rest of the general population hasn’t either.