Long considered Dems’ constituents, Native Americans proving to be more politically divided: Navajo Nation VP says Native American values align more with the GOP than with Democrats.
AP Via Stars and Stripes ^ | 10/21/2020 | FELICIA FONSECA AND MORGAN LEE
Posted on 10/28/2020 11:49:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Myron Lizer has no qualms about it: As one of the top officials on the country’s largest Native American reservation, he’s a proud Donald Trump supporter.
The Navajo Nation vice president says Native American values — hard work, family and ranching — align more with the GOP than with Democrats.
“I’m finding that we’re giving the Navajo Republican voters confidence in coming out and showing their support,” he said. “We don’t need that, per se, but we do need that, but we do need that at the polls.”
Lizer is part of a vocal minority pushing the president’s agenda to voters long considered the Democratic Party’s constituency. But Native Americans may be more politically divided than assumed, though not evenly. As in rural America, jobs aren’t plentiful on many reservations and government oversight means economic development moves along at a snail’s pace.
Trump has resonated among those voters, helping him cut into a Democratic constituency in some battleground states.
Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Arizona and Montana have the highest percentages of Native Americans eligible to vote, according to the National Congress of American Indians. In Arizona, that’s about 310,000 potential presidential votes in a state where tribal reservations make up a quarter of the land base.
Gauging exactly how tribal members will vote is difficult because the majority do not live on reservations and county lines don’t always align with tribal voters. Native American voting rights advocates say turnout could be hampered by slow mail service on reservations, long distances to polling places and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the counties that include the Navajo Nation, which spans 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, voters overall supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, but she didn’t win each county.
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The media allowed Elizabeth Warren to lie about being a Native American for years.
Then, when an actual Native American endorses Trump, they ignore the story.
What does that tell you?
And the Dems will blame them instead of themselves.
They talk about the right becoming more extreme, but it is the left that has gone off the deep end. JFK would be consider a conservative compared to today’s Dems.
Few places in this country will you find poverty worse than that on Indian reservations.
Trump has shown that he knows how to build prosperity. Particularly for groups that have not known a lot of it in the past.
Starting to see the stories I saw right before the 20q4 Election.
My wife is 50% Chippewa. Her entire side of the family is Republican. Every one of them, and there’s a lot. Business owners, self employed, professionals, hard working tight family. Couldn’t have picked better in-laws.
He would be more Conservative then most Republicans! He supported the Gold standard, and a nearly balanced budget!
Trump is simply about letting Americans prosper
The Left wants a full-on cultural revolution and “deconstruction” of everything in America – history, economics, religion, society, gender and race
Navajo County, Arizona (which is not where Williams, AZ is) is 43% Indian and reliably votes Republican. That’s nothing new, but might surprise people who think Indians vote as monolithically-Democrat as blacks or jews.
Next-door Apache County is 73% Indian and votes like it; Trump didn’t even get 30% there in 2016. Williams is in Coconino County (about 50% of the population is in Flagstaff) and that county has gone hard left in recent years. Arizona’s leftward trend being what it is, now would be an excellent time for Republicans to gain more traction on the reservations to offset declines elsewhere in the state.
Former Governor of Montana, Democrat Brian Schweitzer, bragged to a room full of lawyers that he kept the race open long enough for the Blackfoot Tribe to create enough votes to allow Democrat Jon Tester to be elected to the US Senate.
He also told them to have the Indian police threaten the Republican poll watchers.
The lawyers laughed.
He admitted on camera to cheating on an election, and the lawyers laughed.
In other words, Native Americans are like everyone else: they’re not some monolithic voting bloc that is owed to the Dems and they’re tired of being thought of as one. And the Dems wonder why they are losing? Jeez.
Has Princess Grey Beaver Warren spoken about this?
I forget where I saw this, but a Navajo leader said they would like to talk to some one about schools and that a president had not been to the res in decades.
I’d think a visit from Mrs Trump, for example, would do wonders with the aboriginal vote (hell, if she visited me, it would do wonders, but that’s beside the point)
Several tribes are enjoying life-changing benefits, due to the Trump Administration’s oil and gas policies.
Former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke did a lot of work on this.
Media are Deep State butt lickers.
Go Navajo Nation!
Trump loves his supporters and comes through for them.
Oddly enough, President Trump my be the *one* president in US history that might be able to substantially help the American Indians. (Assuming a Republican House and Senate)
1) Renegotiation and rationalization of the often ridiculous and nonsensical treaties between the US and the tribes. A YUGE project, to say the least, involving thousands of US and tribal lawyers.
2) Creation of US federal business law on the reservations, so that US corporations can make contracts with the tribes. This would result in an incredible economic boom for them.
3) Opening up the tribes to the vast amount of federal larges that exists everywhere *off* the reservation. Starting with infrastructure projects to tremendously improve their standard of living.
Trump has really made an effort to reach out to the tribes.
Yeah, they recycle them every 4 years.
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