NARF Co-hosts Second Native American Presidential Forum
Categories: Civil Rights (Voting Rights, Juries, Census)
The Native American Rights Fund is proud to co-host the Four Directions and Nevada Tribes Native American Presidential Forum. In addition to co-hosting, NARF Executive Director John Echohawk (Pawnee) will participate in the forum as a panelist. Mr. Echohawk expressed his support for the forums, “Native voters consistently are ignored and excluded from state and federal political processes. The Native American Rights Fund is proud to be part of the movement to tear down that tradition of discrimination. Only with an inclusive and representative government can justice be served. These national forums are a first step in having Native voices heard and Native issues addressed.”
Tribal leaders from across Indian Country will serve as panelists when presidential candidates take the stage during a two-day forum at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 14 and 15, 2020.
Four Directions, a Native American-led voting rights organization; Native American Rights Fund; National Congress of American Indians; Native Organizers Alliance; and Nevada Tribal Nations are partnering to host the event. This is the second, non-partisan forum focused on issues in Indian Country, and the organizers hope all current candidates running for presidential office will attend.
Concurrent with the forum, organizers will provide training for Native Americans living in Nevada on participation in Nevada’s presidential primary caucuses.
OJ Semans, Co-Executive Director of Four Directions, explained the importance of the forum, “Native American voters can influence election results in major swing states in 2020: Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Colorado. At our inaugural Iowa event, nearly 200,000 viewers followed our live-stream broadcast of what one New York Times guest editorial called a high-minded dialogue with Indian Country.”
The livestream link for the event will be available at www.NativeVote2020.com .