Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard
In this season of intense, sometimes rabid political debate, Native Americans have been largely ignored by mainstream news media. They attract scant public attention and receive only the occasional nod from major presidential candidates.
“Of course, for Native Americans, invisibility’s always an issue, and it’s something that we have been very cognizant of,” said Gyasi Ross, an activist, author and member of the Blackfeet Indian Nation and the Suquamish Nation outside Seattle.
“Everybody’s paying attention to the effects of the Black vote, especially in Southern states, and then obviously, the Latino vote is extremely powerful. But we’re at a point where we have to figure out ways to leverage our vote,” Ross, who lives on the Suquamish Nation reservation, added.