The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
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OPINION. In the state of Arizona, American Indian people have fought a long political battle for the right to vote. It wasn’t until 1924 that the Indian Citizenship Act was passed and even though American Indians became citizens, they were still not eligible voters in Arizona. It took numerous lawsuits by American Indian citizens, Tribal leaders and Tribal Nations in Arizona before voting rights were won in July of 1948. Though the victory in 1948 was a milestone, American Indians are still facing obstacles and barriers getting to the polls and casting their vote.

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Opinion. Presidential elections are important because Americans get to decide the direction of the nation for the next four years. By now most Americans have made up their minds; hopefully, they were based on issues important to voters and not partisan loyalty.

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OPINION. What would grandma and grandpa do? Or better yet, ask yourself what have grandma and grandpa done for you?

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OPINION. Native American voters are being courted as never before during this political season across the United States. In key swing states such as Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin, Indian people can play a significant role in determining who will lead the country, the future of federal health care and even flip party control of the U.S. Senate.

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Guest Opinion. Four hundred years ago, my ancestors were faced with a decision that indelibly shaped our world. In November of 1620 they chose to help the fledgling settlers of the Mayflower. They chose empathy over hate, mercy over revenge and inclusion over isolation. While the history that followed for our people was not just, the decision that they made was rooted in the values Native Americans continue to hold true. 

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Opinion. The 2020 election is being called the most consequential election of our lifetime. With voting already underway across the United States, forecasters are predicting more than 150 million Americans will vote in this election versus the 139 million who voted in the 2016 presidential election. If the forecasted number of voters cast their ballots, this election would be the highest voter-turnout percentage in over 100 years.

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When President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did an about-face on his past policy to deny consideration of Supreme Court nominees in an election year. As you may recall, McConnell refused to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland back in 2016 on the basis that the American people should be able to opine on the next Supreme Court justice through their vote. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) agreed.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, Native Americans are 3.5 times more likely to be impacted by Covid-19 than whites. This tremendous disparity is the direct result of generations of government policies that deliberately discriminated, displaced, and damaged the Native American community. Now is the time for a long-overdue reconciliation effort between the federal government and Native Americans.

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Opinion. As justification for not voting in the American election process, apathetic and apolitical citizens often say it doesn’t matter who the president of the United States is. Often, they like to add “all politicians are all alike.”

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OPINION. We have reached an unprecedented moment in history and for the first time ever, humans have induced what some are calling the 6th mass extinction, an event which will ripple out across biodiversity, ecosystems, and aquatic regions for generations to come. Projections include rates of species extinction, one hundred times higher, due to human activity and accelerated by centuries of colonialism. Indigenous Peoples’ Day amplifies the profound and powerful call to a higher consciousness by Indigenous Peoples and youth who continue to be the first line of defense for Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth).