Native American Presidential Forum: August 19 & 20

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Published August 18, 2019

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum will be held August 19th and 20th (9am-6pm) in Sioux City, Iowa. Over the two days, each candidate will make an individual appearance and respond to questions from panels of tribal leaders and Native American youth.

Mark Charles (Navajo), candidate for president, will be interviewed on Tuesday, August 20 at 11 am – Central

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women will be the key topic and many Native American women who are tribal and community leaders will be among the panelists, including Gay Kingman, the executive director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association. Each panel will be moderated by Indian Country Today Editor Mark Trahant. (Shoshone-Bannock).

 

Event Schedule (all times are Central Daylight Savings):

Monday, Aug. 19:
9 am – Marianne Williamson
10 am Elizabeth Warren
1 pm – Special Presentation
2 pm – Amy Klobuchar
3 pm – Steve Bullock
Tuesday, Aug 20:
11 a.m. – Mark Charles
1 pm – John Delaney
3 pm – Julian Castro
5 pm – Bernie Sanders
6 pm – Bill de Blasio

The forum is a national conversation and will be streamed live at https://vimeo.com/fourdirectionsvote. To attend the event in person, tickets are $3/day and can be purchased online.

As a nonpartisan event, all major Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have been invited to participate in the forum, including President Donald Trump and Republican challenger William Weld. Currently, several candidates vying for the Democratic nomination have confirmed that they will attend, including:  US Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobucher, and Bernie Sanders; author Marianne Williamson; Montana Governor Steve Bullock; former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro; Mayor Bill de Blasio; and former US Representative John Delaney. Independent Candidate Mark Charles (Navajo) also will attend.

The forum is hosted by Four Directions, with co-hosts: National Congress of American Indians, Native American Rights Fund, Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, Coalition of Large Tribes, Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, USET Sovereignty Protection Fund, NDN Collective, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Global Indigenous Council , and Seeding Sovereignty.

“This forum isn’t about ‘gotcha’ moments. It’s about ‘get it’ moments. We want candidates to grasp the challenges and aspirations of Indian Country. At the two nights of candidate debates in Miami, broadcast to a national audience, not one question or one candidate comment addressed Native American issues. Ignoring this forum in Iowa is ignoring the millions of First Americans who are citizens and voters.” said O.J. Semans, Sr., co-executive director of the national Native American voting rights organization Four Directions.

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is named in honor of Frank LaMere, a well-known and beloved Native American civil rights activist from the Sioux City area, who passed in June.

 

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