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Experts say that the Indian population is growing and becoming more politically active, making them a significant voting bloc in the year 2020.
SPARKS, Nev. – In the last few months, the Chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Alan Melendez, said his group has a lot of attention received by the Democratic presidential candidates.
“Not a day goes by that we don’t get a call from someone who wanted to us to a function, or two, or try to get involved in our [community],” says Melendez.
The strategy could pay off. While the Native American population in the country is still relatively small, about 1.5 percent of the population, they make up a significant part of the electorate in several States or districts, according to data from the National Congress of American Indians, or NCAI. The numbers continue to grow.
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“They[the population] has grown 27 percent since the year 2000. We are a younger crowd, the more and more visible, more educated, more active,” said Kevin Allis, the CEO of NCAI.
As more Native Americans access to the ballot box, the vote of the Eastern bloc, the overlooked previously highlighted, could be decisive in key primary States such as Iowa, Arizona, and Nevada. The two latter countries have relatively large Indigenous population (Nevada has 27 federally recognized tribes), could make a significant difference.
During the 2016 Iowa Caucasus sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., supposedly, 83.3 percent of the Indian settlement deserves pedestrian voices, the settlement after the visit to the Meskwaki. He has credited this for helping him to almost US beat Secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
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“From top to bottom, in all of the different options, you can see where the edges are that thin. We have really said a Chance to make a difference,” Allis.
To improve the turnout, the called a lot of Native American voting activists have a better access to the ballot box. You say the Problem is most pressing in rural areas, where it is possible to location some of the stem more than a hundred miles away from a polling.
“I think Native Americans are sometimes reluctant to try to find out where the voting site is in the city. But if we can, to the voting landing sites on the reservation, I think we will participation be a better choice,” says Melendez.
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Some of the most important issues for Indian country in the climate change and address the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. But above all, they have called for the Federal government, is set to honor the agreements in treaties with Indian Nations.
“Native Americans have given up millions of acres of land in exchange for the promise of health care, law enforcement, all of these various state needs that we have,” says Melendez.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former housing and urban development Secretary Julian Castro targeting Indians have rolled out policy proposals. You touched on some of these plans in August, while the Frank LaMere, Native American, Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, which was organized by the non-profit organization, the Four directions, Inc., and as the first forum in history, the only cover Native American topics.
There, Warren apologized for their highly criticized the use of a DNA test to prove that you have Native American ancestry. Their proposal was largely as an attempt to mitigate the recoil of the controversy, which angered many Indians, and more to your campaign.
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Although the Native American population remains relatively small, it has now 27 percent since 2000 and accounts for a significant part of the electorate in several U.S. States or districts.
Allis hope to reach more candidates continue to be to you.
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“We really have a Chance to make a difference, and the candidates that are running for office really need to understand that these figures of the matter and you can win or lose a particular election,” he said.
Four directions is to keep the planning to a second Native American, presidential forum, the beginning of next year.