I would like to propose that a new action be taken; one which I believe will level the playing field to an even greater extent. I propose that a virtual Native American state be created. This virtual state will function primarily as a means to give Native Americans a voice in the national structures of power that currently exist. Each member of every federally recognized tribe will, for national elections and for the US Congress and Senate, vote and be represented as a virtual Native American state. Based on the population, 2-5 votes will be added to the Electoral College, 2-5 members will be added to the US House of Representatives and 2 members will be added to the Senate. Also a 51st star and a 14th stripe should be added to the flag. I believe these institutional and constitutional corrections will allow the Native American population an equal voice within the structures of power and in the representation of our lands. No longer will Congress or the President be able to quietly cut funding from health care and social services, which were guaranteed in the treaties that were signed. No longer will Native American issues (many of which are unique from the rest of the country) be ignored by Presidential candidates. And no longer will Native Americans be forced to be a ward of congress and at the mercy of the state governments and the BIA. For we will be a part of the senate and the House of Representatives, and will have our own voice in the legislative agenda of this country and in the representation of our lands and our people.
(Fort Defiance AZ)
Upcoming speaking engagements:Title: 51st virtual Native American state
Date: Wednesday, December 1
Location: Georgetown University (Washington DC)
AZCentral - Channel 12 News - This articles was covered in a story by KPNX Channel 12 in Phoenix AZ on Jan 16, 2009
Indianz.com - I submitted the article to Indianz on Jan. 6, 2009
Native America Calling - I discussed this article on the radio call in show 'Native America Calling' on Wednesday Jan. 14, 2009. The archived recording of this program is available on their website - click HERE to go directly to the streaming audio file.