Alaska’s largest Native organization endorses Clinton for president, first endorsement in history

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on her campaign plane following the third presidential debate in Las Vegas on October 19, 2016. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on her campaign plane following the third presidential debate in Las Vegas on October 19, 2016. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
For the first time, the Alaska Federation of Natives has endorsed a candidate for president — Hillary Clinton.

In a news release, the organization said Clinton will help further self-determination and sovereignty for Native people, while Donald Trump would marginalize and “dramatically” weaken the trust relationship between Native Americans and the federal government.

AFN President Julie Kitka told the audience at the Tribal Leaders Conference Wednesday morning the AFN board decided to weigh in on the upcoming presidential election.

“This is the first time in AFN’s 50 year history that we’ve ever endorsed a presidential candidate,” Kitka said.

A critical time for Alaska Native peoples

Kitka said the gesture isn’t intended to tell anyone how to vote, but is meant to show “leadership” at a critical time for politics that directly impact Alaska Native peoples. The three-page resolution lists Clinton’s promises and record on issues relevant to indigenous communities.

“Our number one thing is we don’t want to be marginalized, we don’t want to be a target where all we’re doing is raising money for litigation and fighting for our rights,” Kitka said. “We want to establish our rights and build on them and have a future for our children and grandchildren.”

The resolution does not mention the name of Clinton’s opponent, Republican Donald J. Trump.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Canada stresses diplomacy and cooperation at Ottawa Arctic conference, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finland set to chair Arctic Council as member relations sour, Yle News

Iceland:  The Arctic Council at 20 – View from Iceland, Eye on the Arctic

Norway:  Norwegians light bonfire near Russian border to protest defense cuts, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia:  Norwegian FM Brende invites Russian FM Lavrov for Arctic talks in Tromsø, The Independent Barents Observer

United States:  Really? Alaska in play in presidential race?, Alaska Public Radio Network

 

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

For more news from Alaska visit Alaska Public Media.

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

Leave a Reply

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.
Netiquette »

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *