Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons on This Year’s Election: If You Have Two Legs and Youre Healthy, Get Out and Vote!

Oren Lyons


Published November 5, 2018

DENVER — Attending the National Congress of American Indians 75th Annual Convention and Marketplace in Denver was Onondaga Nation faithkeeper Oren Lyons. He was there in his role as a member of the board of directors of Harvard University’s Honoring Nations, which is administered by the Havard Project on American Economic Development.

Lyons, who is  Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He stopped long enough to answer a couple questions with Native News Online:

Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) is running in the 1st Congressional Distict in New Mexico.

Native News Online: What would you tell Indian Country about the upcoming midterm election?

Lyons: If you have two legs and youre healthy, get out and vote. This particular vote will determine what happens in two years. The nation is more divided than I have ever seen it. I don’t know if we are ever going to get back together again. Of course, this was predicted in our teachings.

Native News Online: What do you say about the two American Indian women running for Congress? Deb Haaland for the 1st Congressional District in New Mexico and Sharice Davids, who is running for the 3rd Congressional District in Kansas. Both are leading in current polls.

Sharice Davids is one of two American Indian women seeking to be elected to Congress in 2018

Lyons: It’s long overdue. In general, the women are stepping forward. The men have completely brought us to this point, which it is not a good point. The recent statement coming out of the United Nations giving us 10 or 12 years of a point of no return on climate changes is not a good thing. Our instructions tell us that women will come forward, when men fail. I see women stepping up.

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