Oklahoma’s Election 2018 is pivotal. For everyone, it seems. For Native America, Oklahoma is quickly becoming another Tribal Gaming flash point.
Not unlike our nation, Oklahoma has been systematically separated by the divisive methodology of today’s political party system and what it imposes upon our country. The left is somehow further left, the right is somehow further right, and all the voices in between become so much noise. This impacts Native Oklahoma in a negative way. In fact, today it is to the point where even Native communities and families may become overwhelmed with the entire process and would be content to stay away. If they aren’t already.
If this was a planned outcome, it has been wildly successful.
What is Native Oklahoma to do? A great deal of current challenges face Native communities at both the State and Federal level, not to mention recent State Legislative comments regarding Tribal Gaming that could impact Oklahoma’s Tribal Governments in the near future.
The answer is clear. Native Oklahoma must be involved. Very involved.
The State of Oklahoma has one of the largest Native populations in the country. We should have a strong Native voice – one that is focused on Native First, and party politics second. In this respect, parties truly should be secondary – of course, given years of living within this established (and sometimes seemingly arbitrary) set of divisions created for us to govern, it could be difficult to make such a transition.
Still, that is our purpose, the purpose of Native America Action – to bring awareness of the benefits of Native involvement in politics, to increase voter registration throughout Native communities, and to grow the number of Native candidates running for State and Federal offices. No matter what the party (To help us, donate to Native America Action).
If you have been fed up with business as usual in Oklahoma, perhaps YOU should consider running for office.
Take your voice to the next level. If you have been previously involved in Tribal Government, consider bringing your leadership skills to the State of Oklahoma. The best way to solve the upcoming challenges for Native Oklahoma is to change the equation. For that, the State needs you.
You would not be alone.
The following list was compiled thanks to LaRenda Morgan, Director of Native Candidate Relations and Outreach for Native America Action, and to Shane Jett who we owe a very special thanks for his hard work in gathering all of the reference information and filling out the list.
Shane Jett offered his assistance with his disclaimer: Listing of candidates does not imply endorsement. He is enthusiastically supportive of Natives being involved at all levels of government. Integrity is a deciding factor in whether he will support a candidate.
For Native America Action, this list of candidates also does NOT imply endorsement. This list is provided to inform the Native America Action Network of concerned citizens and is provided specifically to inform those who are Oklahoma residents. Native America Action is NON-PARTISAN and Native First. To receive our emails, join here.