Can Native Americans change US politics? | The Stream


November’s midterm elections could be a pivotal moment in the United States. Not only could the balance of power in congress shift, but the representation of Native Americans in politics could grow significantly.

Representation is something Deb Haaland, Peggy Flanagan, Sharice Davids, and Joseph Blanchard take seriously. The candidates are part of a group of more than 100 indigenous politicians running for state or national office.

For Haaland and Davids the stakes are even higher. If elected, they would become the first Native American women to hold congressional office. Only a handful of Native American have served in congress — and all of them have been men.

For all four politicians the primary election season is crucial. Specific voting blocks, such as Native Americans, are better positioned to win because voter turnout is typically much lower in primaries. But that means getting out the vote, a difficult task given more than one million Native Americans have not registered.

On this episode of the Stream we ask four Native American candidates what they hope to achieve.

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