The historic relationship between Native American tribes and the U.S. government is storied and complex, including times of great friendship and violent oppression. We have worked over centuries to create a partnership that honors the sovereignty of Native American people and their ability to thrive; while we have made strides, we have much work to do. The Navajo Nation philosophy of T'aa ho' ajiteego, or self-reliance, certainly is a model we must return to in order to survive our current political climate.
This is why, as Vice President of the Navajo Nation, I am proud to endorse Deb Haaland for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.
We need to continue growing Native American representation in Congress so that our interests are not just represented, but championed as decisions are made that impact the health and well-being of our people. I know Deb and her long history of supporting Native American communities, and I know that she will be the champion Indian Country needs in Congress. She is a leader for all New Mexicans, not just the Native American population.
Deb has spent much of her life working to get Native American communities out to vote, and this is a critical election our people can't afford to sit out. Let's honor the voice and rightful place at the table for Native American people by electing the first American Indian woman to Congress. Deb is a champion for all citizens of New Mexico and she will represent us with dignity on Capitol Hill.
Vice President, Navajo Nation