INDN'S LIST - A Dream Come True!
Kalyn Free, President, INDN’s List
For more than a dozen years, I have dreamed of starting an organization that supports Indian candidates when they run for public office. Having run successfully for District Attorney and unsuccessfully for Congress, I know how much our Indian candidates need an organization that is there for them when they seek election.
On February 28th, 2005, we launched INDN’s List, an organization that will change the faces and color of power and politics in Indian Country! The Indigenous Democratic Network INDN’s List – is the only organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and funding American Indian candidates a the local and state levels.
We launched INDN’s List in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the national Congress of American Indians Winter session with an overflow crowd of tribal leaders and friends
of Indian Country including the Honorable Elizabeth Furse, former Congresswoman from Oregon and Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA).
Our INDN candidates represent America: We’re schoolteachers, single moms and single dads, environmentalists and ranchers, union members and lawyers. We represent the values of the Democratic party: Taking care of children, taking care of the elderly, those less fortunate – that’s what it is to be a Native American and that’s what it is to be a Democrat.
When Indians are elected, we’ll focus on the issues that matter to Americans like the economy, jobs, better health care, prescription drugs, protecting Social Security and protecting the rights of workers.
INDN’s List is a national organization headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our dedicated staff has vast political experience and is supported by a cadre of 30 State Directors, Interns, and a host of volunteers.
In less than a year we hosted a National INDN Campaign Camp where we trained more than 100 Native American candidates and staff, hosted a historic Tribal Leaders Meeting with Governor Howard Dean, and secured the endorsements and financial support of 23 Indian Nations, 8 Unions and 45 Warriors from all over America.
Our website, www.indnslist.org features a short 7 minute video from INDN Campaign Camp. In the video you will hear three members of Congress, Al Franken, Chairman Howard Dean, elected tribal leaders and candidates talking about the importance of INDN’s List. I hope you will visit the website, watch the video and let me know what you think. You can reach me a firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a long way to go and much work to do over the next 11 months to change the faces and color of power across America. I hope you will consider supporting INDN’s List because the first Americans should not be the last Americans to be represented.
Kalyn Free is a member of the Choctaw Nation. Her grandmother, Nan, who is Kalyn’s hero and constant inspiration, was born before Oklahoma attained statehood and is one of the few Original Enrollees remaining in the Choctaw Nation. She will be celebrating her 100th birthday in March, 2006.
INDN'S LIST is proud to announce the creation of a new program to honor a very special friend, the Maggie Gover Fellowship.
Maggie dedicated her life and her career to social activism and was a champion of many causes which benefited from her strong will, passion, and determined advocacy.
The Maggie Gover Fellowship will honor the memory of one of our country’s greatest servants, Maggie Gover, by sponsoring stipends for interns at INDN’s List. Maggie, who passed away on November 1, 2005, served as a social activist supporting Native American, civil rights and social justice causes. During her career, Maggie worked with the Americans for Indian Opportunity, the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, and the National Tribal Environmental Council.
Her idealism and humanitarianism led to many accomplishments. She participated in the elimination of de jure racial segregation in Lawton, Oklahoma; in the elimination of the University of Oklahoma’s Indian mascot; and in the creation of the Indian Self-Determination policy during the administration of President Nixon.
The Maggie Gover Fellowship gives us an opportunity to carry on her profound influence. We are honored to offer the opportunity to honor Maggie’s memory by instilling in future generations the commitment to public service and civil rights that filled her soul. It is our hope that Maggie Gover Fellows will share Maggie’s commitment to peace, freedom, social justice, personal self-determination, and to changing the faces and color of power in American politics.
Maggie was a dear friend and staunch supporter of Kalyn’s. Her faithful and generous spirit is unparalleled and “Maggie stories” are often used in fundraising trainings with our INDN candidates. In Maggie’s honor, and with love and respect for the Gover family, Kalyn has personally given $1000 to the Maggie Gover Fellowship. Maggie’s friends can join us in continuing her legacy by contributing to the Maggie Gover Fellowship at http://www.indnslist.org/.
INDN’s List will accept applications for the Maggie Gover Fellowship immediately. The applications and selection criteria are available at http://www.indnslist.org/.
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