Native America Action Directors Linda Sacks and LaRenda Morgan were in attendance at the Oklahoma Governor’s Ball in celebration of Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt. For Native America Action, this Oklahoma Governor term is a high priority, with Tribal Gaming Compacts coming up for renewal in 2020. As such, it was important to have Native representation at the gala.
Also at the Oklahoma Governor’s Ball were Tribal Government representatives and individual members from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Nation, the Osage Nation, the Choctaw Nation, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Cherokee Nation. In addition to Native America Action, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma was also in attendance.
Picture above: Christy Red Eagle, AICCO Board Member; Linda Sacks, NAA Director; LaRenda Morgan, NAA Director – attending the Oklahoma Governor’s Ball
Native America Action’s focus for 2019 remains on the State of Oklahoma. Voter registration levels amongst Natives in Oklahoma continue to be lower than average, and by encouraging the Native vote, Native America Action hopes to help accomplish better registrations and larger Native votes especially in those areas of need for Native communities. Why Oklahoma? Oklahoma has the second largest population of Native Americans in the United States. Across the state, there are significant percentages of Native voters in numerous counties. In some counties, there are more Native Americans present than there are voters who participate in elections.
Native America Action is non-partisan and encourages Native voters to get involved and to especially vote for Native First issues, whether Republican, Democrat, Independent or other. That is why we are Stronger Together. Native America Action is an outreach organization affiliated with the Native America Super PAC.
While the Governor’s Ball was a great political networking activity, it was important to attend to establish the presence of Native America Action. Still, the focus of the event wasn’t the attendees, but the inauguration of the new Governor, Kevin Stitt. Governor Stitt is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. In celebrating the 2019 Inauguration of Governor Stitt, music was provided by Oklahoma’s own Toby Keith.
Below are other pictures of the gala.