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!
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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 attendees – everyone looked their finest as only us Natives can!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.