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Tribal Canoe Journey

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , on August 12, 2009 by nativevotewa

wow – what an amazing adventure the Paddle to Suquamish was this year.  We were moved to tears, laughed, danced, sang, spent all our money, spent our friends’ money, feasted, and took in all of the warmth and hospitality of the Suquamish and the love of our brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles.  We thought we’d share some pictures with you all, to give you an idea of what it was like.  We cannot wait until next year’s Paddle to Makah!

we were all moved to tears

we were all moved to tears

canoe landing protocol

canoe landing protocol

canoes landing

canoes landing

canoes line the beach

canoes line the beach

canoes gathering in the Sound

canoes gathering in the Sound

Blue Heron canoe puller Pamela Masterman

Blue Heron canoe puller Pamela Masterman

Putting in at Golden Gardens, Seattle

Putting in at Golden Gardens, Seattle

salmon feast

salmon feast

canoes coming in from the Sound

canoes coming in from the Sound

feast time at Suquamish

feast time at Suquamish

hawaiians joining in

hawaiians joining in

Marilyn Wandrey and Pat John welcome the canoes

Marilyn Wandrey and Pat John welcome the canoes

canoe landing at Suquamish

canoe landing at Suquamish

Michelle Sanidad

Michelle Sanidad

welcoming drum

welcoming drum

more canoes coming in

more canoes coming in

protocol - Suquamish Longhouse

protocol - Suquamish Longhouse

Aaron keepin it real for the T's

Aaron keepin it real for the T's

Chief Frank Nelson - Tlingit canoe

Chief Frank Nelson - Tlingit canoe

our youths are our future

our youths are our future

Williams family canoe

Williams family canoe

enjoying Protocol

enjoying Protocol

The Tsunigwungis Canoe

The Tsunigwungis Canoe

Coming into shore

Coming into shore

thousands gathered for the landing

thousands gathered for the landing

Potlatch Fund Gala

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , on November 16, 2008 by nativevotewa
Alandra Washington (Kellogg) honors Jim Thomas (Potlatch Fund Chairman) with Shaun Peterson (artist)

Alandra Washington (Kellogg) honors Jim Thomas (Potlatch Fund Chairman) with Shaun Peterson (artist)

We nearly had a Board of Directors quorum last night at the annual mega-Gala hosted by the Potlatch Fund here in Seattle.  Scroll down for lots of pix.  We want to sincerely thank Potlatch for generously supporting our mission in our very first year.  The Potlatch Fund is awesome.   Last night, the Kellogg Foundation honored the Potlatch Fund with a national leadership award for their vision and for being a pioneer in supporting Indian leaders, artists, non-profits, and culture.  The Kellogg Foundation only hands out five such awards each year, so this is a pretty big deal.  We have the inside word the Indian Country Today will have a pretty good write up of the award, so stay posted. 

As for the Gala, it was held at the swanky Grand Hyatt Seattle, featured performances by Pura Fe and the Haida Heritage Foundation, oustanding MC work by Jim Thomas, and fantastic salmon. 

As for the attendees – everyone looked their finest as only us Natives can!

shookani, pam, clarita

shookani, pam, clarita

redworld, marc

redwolf, marc

craig, jill

craig, jill

tracy

tracy

matika and pamela

matika and pamela

charlotte

charlotte

mystique

mystique

sweetwater

sweetwater

pamela

pamela

Justin, Dana

Justin, Dana

leilani, matika, tracy, solana

leilani, matika, tracy, solana

Justin, Jill

Justin, Jill

theresa, craig, aaron

theresa, craig, aaron

jackie

jackie

mytyl, jackie, dawn

mytyl, jackie, dawn

Election Night events

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , on November 5, 2008 by nativevotewa
Jill, Theresa, Rebecca

Jill, Theresa, Rebecca

Rep. Norm Dicks
Rep. Norm Dicks

We finally reached the end of the campaign season, spent the last day going door to door in Pierce County, holding ballot collections in Tulalip and working on the ground in Yakama and beyond.  From what we can tell, our ground staff tell us that Native turnout in Washington was extremely high.

We rushed to Seattle to catch the Native election night parties at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center and the Presidential Suite of the Westin (thanks Claudia, Andrea, Iris).   We are totally exhausted, somewhat reflective, and absolutely amazed at all the hard work our Board and volunteers accomplished over the past year.

As we await the swearing in of a brand new 44th President – Barack Obama – and the re-swearing in of Governor Christine Gregorie, we also want to congratulate Rep. John McCoy (D-36) who easily won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, as well as Jeff Morris (D-40) also won handily.  The race out in Spokane for Don Barlow (D-6) is still too close to call.

We’ll keep you posted on all the new developments happening out here in Washington!

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Presidential Suite, Westin Seattle

Presidential Suite, Westin Seattle

Gabe and Marty

Gabe and Marty

Andrea

Andrea

Sen. Claudia Kauffman and Aaron

Sen. Claudia Kauffman and Aaron

Today is the Day!

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , on November 4, 2008 by nativevotewa

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Today is the day we have been living for! It’s time to get our Native Voters to the polls in Pierce and King counties. The rest of the State is all mail-in, so please make sure your ballots are postmarked today! Remember, four years ago, Gov. Chris Gregoire won by only 133 votes in the entire state, so don’t think for a second that your vote doesn’t matter.  Let’s go out (in the rain) and VOTE!

Pierce County voting info is here.

King County voting info is here.

More info from the WA Secretary of State’s office on voting is here.

Obama draws nearly 90% of Native Vote

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , , on October 31, 2008 by nativevotewa

Native Vote Washington conducted a poll of 600 American Indian and Alaska Native voters from 30 states including Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana and Oklahoma.  The poll examined voter preference in the Presidential race between Democratic candidate Senator Barack Obama and Republican candidate Senator John McCain.  The poll also examined voter attitude with respect to right track versus wrong track.  The sample was drawn from a pool of likely voters and those who had already voted.

 

Among Native voters in the NVW poll, Democratic candidate Barack Obama leads his Republican opponent, John McCain by 83 points.  Among Natives who have already cast ballots, Obama leads his opponent by 85 points.

 

Among Native American men, Obama leads by 86 points.  Among women, Obama leads by 80 points, leading us to conclude that there is no significant gender gap between Native female and male voters. Obama does well across all age ranges but performs best among younger Native voters.  Among Natives ages 18 to 34, Obama leads by 91%; while among Natives ages 35 to 54, Obama leads by 83%; and among Natives ages 55 and over, Obama leads by 84%.

 

Among Washington Native voters, Obama leads by 91 points.  Surprisingly, in Arizona, Obama leads by 60 points.  Oklahoma appears to be McCain’s strongest state where he runs even with Obama at 42%.  In the battleground state of New Mexico, Obama has a huge 72 point lead.  Finally, in Montana, Obama leads by 94 points with more Undecideds (3%) than McCain (2%).

 

If the election were being held today, would you vote for (or have already voted for):

 

Obama (%)    McCain (%)    Undecided/Other (%)

Overall                        89                    6                      5

Already Voted           95                    4                      1

 

Men                             91                    5                      4

Women                       87                    7                      6

 

Ages 18-34                87                    7                      6

Ages 35-54                89                    6                      5

Ages 55+                   90                    6                      4

 

Obama           McCain           Undecided/Other

WA                              94                    3                      2

AZ                               74                    14                    12

NM                              85                    13                    2

OK                              42                    42                    16

MT                               94                    2                      3

 

 

At this moment, do you believe our country is on the right track or the wrong track?

 

                                    Right Track              Wrong Track                        Unsure

Overall                       3%                              87%                            10%

 

Methodology: The Native Vote Washington Poll contacted over 700 adult Native Americans attending the National Indian Education Association annual convention in Seattle on October 23-25.  The Poll excluded “somewhat likely” as well as “not likely” and “Not Native” voter respondents.  The Poll surveyed Native Americans from 30 states by direct in-person contact using volunteers and NVW staff in attendance at the NIEA convention.   Survey respondents were chosen at random from a registered convention attendance figure of approximately 3,000 attendees.  Adults in each sample were adjusted as needed to census proportions of sex and age. The margin of sampling error for adults and likely voters is plus or minus 4 percentage points.  For smaller subsets such as States, the margin of error may be greater.

At the NIEA Convention

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , , , on October 23, 2008 by nativevotewa
Senator Claudia Kauffman

Senator Claudia Kauffman

We are attending the annual National Indian Education Association’s annual convention - the largest annual convention of Native Americans in the nation – which this year is in Seattle.  We are there on the ground conducting a national survey of Native American voters on the 2008 Presidential Election.  This should be big.  Here are some pix we have taken so far.

Native Candidates in the News

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , , , on October 14, 2008 by nativevotewa
John McCoy

John McCoy

As we near the finish line, our local papers are starting to roll out their assessments and endorsements of the so-called “Down Ballot” candidates.  As our readers already know, we have three Native American incumbents seeking re-election this fall in the Washington State legislature.  Two of them are in the news today.

First, the Seattle Times has endorsed the re-election of State Rep. John McCoy (D-Tulalip), a member of the Tulalip Tribes, for a fourth term.  Citing the state and the nation’s troubled economy, the Times says that McCoy “is needed”.  McCoy is the brains behind the Tulalip Tribes’ sparkling economic gem – Quil Ceda Village – which includes the massive Tulalip Casino Resort & Spa.  So it makes sense that the Times would place a strong emphasis on McCoy’s business experience over his challenger’s lack of business experience.

Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris

Up in the State’s 40th Legislative District, Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes), who is Tsimshian, is running for re-election against Green Party candidate Howard Pellet.  The Bellingham Herald previews this election race with a lengthy write up.  Morris is running for his 7th term and cites education, a balanced budget, and energy as his top priorities.   Morris’s rise to power has taken him to the position of Speaker Pro Tem of the House Democratic Caucus this past legislative session.

We wish both Native candidates well in their re-election bids.

Latest poll has Obama leading by 11 points in Washington

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , , on October 1, 2008 by nativevotewa

The Latest SurveyUSA poll, conducted for KING 5 TV in Seattle, shows that Senator Barack Obama has re-opened a large lead over Senator John McCain in what was once considered a battleground state.  The poll was conducted September 21st and 22nd.  The poll of likely voters has Obama with 54% and McCain with 43%. 

 

Among Independents, Obama holds a 7 point lead, and among self-described Moderates, Obama holds a 20 point lead.

 

Only 2 weeks ago (just after the GOP convention), SurveyUSA had McCain within striking distance of Obama, who held a slim 49% to 45% lead.

 

In a related poll, the Governor’s race remains too close to call.  Governor Christine Gregoire (D) leads challenger Dino Rossi (prefers GOP) by only 2 points, within the poll’s margin of error.  Independents favor Rossi by 10 points but Moderates prefer Gregoire by 11 points.

 

This race looks like it will come down to a hundred, may several thousand votes.  That means YOU (Natives) will determine the outcome!

Palin to visit Washington

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , , , on September 16, 2008 by nativevotewa

Governor Sarah Palin

We hear that Native-lovin’ Governor Sarah Palin is coming to Bellevue on Wednesday the 24th for a McCain fundraising lunch or dinner and rally.  Palin’s trip to Bellevue gives us a good excuse to chow down at Chipotle and buy some new lacrosse gear at BreakAway Sports.   But we’ll be on the look out for “First Dude” Todd Palin and maybe even get to ask him about the Native Vote up there in Alaska.  We’d like to get comp’ed in to the event in case anyone is wondering.

Salmon Homecoming Was a Blast!

Posted in Native Vote Washington with tags , , , , on September 15, 2008 by nativevotewa

Some of the Faithful

Some of the Faithful

We had a great time down at the Salmon Homecoming last weekend!  What a great event – and the weather was perfect.  Between the Indians, volunteers, vendors, dancers, drummers, well-wishers, tourists, regular folk, and friends, there had to be at least 10,000 people who ventured into or by the wharves and piers where the homecoming was held.

 

 

 

We saw seals playing in the bay, canoe landings, cruise ships and ferries, Oklahoma football fans, and other unique sightings!  The food was outstanding, the organizers and volunteers who put on the annual event are the nicest and most generous people ever.

 

We registered a lot of new voters, sold our newest T-Shirt design, and signed up over a hundred new members.  Most importantly, we reminded people that you HAVE to be registered to vote here in Washington (and most other states since there were a lot of out of state visitors who dropped by).  And registration for most people closes 30 days before the election.  So that means you have about 3 weeks to register to make a difference in the future our your state and your country.

 

We’ll be out there, so drop us a line at info@nativevotewa.org if you have any questions!  See you soon.

Hungry seals enjoy salmon too!

Hungry seals enjoy salmon too!

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