The Native American vote is important in 2020, but it has always been important. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona have eligible Native American voters that can swing us away from fascism.
Native Americans governed themselves before the formation of the US
There is little chance of winning over white voters that voted for Trump. Economics and being heard is not their motivation. It is racism and nationalism. The same reasons the US doesn’t have universal health insurance or affordable college. White supremacy is their purview. Whether it be affordable college, universal childcare, or single-payer healthcare, study after study in the United States and abroad have shown that there is a certain kind of white person in the US who would rather gouge out their eyeballs for the social construct of whiteness than visit an optician under single-payer.
The Dawes Act of 1887 dissolved Native American tribes as legal entities
And even while “reasonable” white college graduate Republicans talk a good game on message boards and at cocktail parties, we have seen over the past 60 years in the United States (and even for Governor of California —see Bradley effect) if given a choice between common sense and racism, that demographic will always choose white supremacy.
If this were Vegas? I would bet it all on white college graduate men voting for Trump, AGAIN!
The Snyder Act of 1924 admitted Native Americans born in the U.S. to full U.S. citizenship and allowed Native Americans to vote
But the United States is not merely just black and white.
The Native American vote has power, but that power needs funding, campaigning, and amplification.
Owing to states’ rights not all Native Americans could vote
As I go through the Midwest, I pass reservations. I pass places where people have been moved, moved again, and moved yet again.
Passing by Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, I was told the story of the Mohegans, the Pequot, and the Brothertown tribes. They are three peaceful Christian tribes. These tribes were moved from their reservation on the east side of Lake Winnebago in the late 1800s, because the farmland was good, and they found iron on the ridge that extended through the reservation. The tribes were moved to a more northern area of Wisconsin, where food doesn’t grow.
That good land they were “given” was passed on to immigrants. The new German immigrants, so they could create a better life for themselves. You know the towns of New Holstein, Kiels, St Nazianz, and Chilton? Those towns are built on land stolen later than the rest of the United States.
In 1948, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a provision of its state constitution that kept Indigenous people from voting, but loop holes remained
But despite continuously being moving, the people indigenous to this country are still here. They are in Minnesota, Arizona, and Wisconsin.
Trump won Wisconsin by 1% of the vote, which was 22,748 votes. The dismantling of the Voters Rights Act, which significantly impacted African Americans played a part. The Democratic Party also neglected the population of 1.5% (31,000) of eligible voters, Native Americans.
In 1965, with passage of the Voting Rights Act Native Americans finally were able to vote, again
In North Dakota, Native Americans fought against Constitution violating Voter ID laws. Their vote was vital in Sen. Heidi Heitkamp narrow 2012 win, but where is the Democratic Party wasting its time? It is wasting time begging for the vote of racist white people.
They are fighting for white people who are never coming back.
The Democratic Party needs to get serious about “all hands on deck.” This country is more than angry white racists. The racists purview should no longer matter and the Democrats are running out of time.