Indian people are the original stewards of our land; living in a way that harmoniously coexists with nature and each other. Diminishing their voice is not only a humanitarian injustice, but eliminates a chance at ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for us all.
The existence of Indian people 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 that are 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. So we must get ourselves involved and create a new era of understanding for our children. Voting is the peoples voice.
To strengthen and empower the voice of Indian people today, they have to convey to the leaders of their communities how important it is for the Native voice to be heard in Washington. Understanding that the electoral college system is not the Indian way, Indian people must embrace and adapt these governmental procedures, to teach there youth that they have a valuable place in this country and there 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 blocks can have a significant impact on who is elected to office and therefore affecting policies that can affect all people including tribal nations and lands. It is time for tribal leaders to come together and create these powerful voting blocks 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 peoples voice.
It is our responsibility as Indian people to speak up for the original teachings of nature and our rights and needs, the way we can do that is through voting. Being a part of the decision making that is done in Washington will allow the Native communities to participate in programs and opportunities that are 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 and it is time that all Indian people stood up in a new way and made there voices heard.