INDN's List 'NAN' Targets Native Voters - NAPT Seeks Journalism Fellows - Briefs From Native Celebs - Sherman Alexie To Speak
From Kalyn Free
On November 1, we launched the next chapter of the empowerment of Indian Country. On that day we fielded a staff of professional Indian organizers to register voters on Nevada's 24 reservations - the start of the Native American Network (NAN).
Our team of trained Indian organizers is boosting Indian participation in the caucuses to unprecedented levels by registering Indians to vote, conducting caucus trainings, locating caucuses on many of the state's 24 Indian reservations, and turning out Indians on Caucus Day.
With Nevada a new battleground in the primary race, our organizers are maximizing the influence of native voices in the Nevada caucus process and allowing us to showcase the growing influence of Indian Country in the political process.
Visit our brand new website at www.indnvote.org to learn about NAN and to support our efforts in Nevada.
But what we're doing in Nevada is only the first step. Building on our success there, we will expand to six other battleground states in the 2008 election. These states are ripe for Indians to become THE swing vote in 2008. As leading political pollster Celinda Lake notes in our new video:
"In these new battleground states ... the native vote is a key electoral vote. This is a vote that's completely Progressive. It's a huge percentage of the vote in these new swing states.
With more than 3.2 million voting age Indians in the United States, Indian votes comprise a bloc roughly the size of all-important Iowa.
That's why we're mobilizing Indian votes in critical battleground states like Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Nevada. These states will be the most hotly contested states in the 2008 presidential election, and when Indians swing them we can make sure Indian Country is just as important to our nation's leaders as Florida and Ohio.
We need your support today so that we can move into all our targeted battleground states in 2008.
The Native American Network, a project of the INDN's List Education Fund (ILEF), is the first targeted, nationwide effort to build political power at the grassroots level in Indian Country.
Registering voters and turning them out on Election Day will be a major part of NAN's efforts, but the ultimate goal of this project is to consolidate the political power garnered through the voting process and develop it into the ability to advocate for positive change in Indian Country and across America on an ongoing basis
I founded ILEF to change the tragic conditions of Indian Country by empowering Indians to join the political process and build a better future for all. By educating both candidates and voters, holding politicians accountable to Americans, and mobilizing Indian votes, ILEF is working to make sure our First Americans are no longer the last Americans to be represented.
On November 29 we will introduce the political world to our efforts, with a launch reception for the Native American Network. The reception will be held November 29, 2007, at the Winter Meeting of the Democratic National Committee, in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
Details are available on our website, http://www.indnvote.org/.
In Nevada, we are busy changing the way politics is played in Indian Country, but we need your help to achieve our goals for 2008.
We need your investment today so we can turn out that vote in swing states like Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Michigan, and make sure that When Indians Vote, America Wins.
http://www.indnvote.orgindn/ List Education Fund Launches New Video
Louis Gray, Nevada State Director
"We're proving in Nevada that we can change the way politics is played in Indian Country. But our efforts here are only the beginning of our wider ambition to be THE swing vote in the 2008 race. The price of large-scale mobilization for a presidential election is enormous. We need your money to make it possible!"
Read more about INDN's List Education Fund.
NAPT Seeks Journalism Fellows
NAPT, Native American Public Telecommunications, a member of the National Minority Consortia, invites you to submit an application for the NMC Journalism Fellowship, a partnership between the NMC and journalism schools around the country to create fellowships for recent journalism graduates and second year journalism graduate students. The NMC's goal is to bring a younger and more diverse set of voices into the reporting around the 2008 elections on PBS and other public media outlets.
To apply and see the guidelines go to: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001
Briefs From Annie - Native Celebs
Mary Youngblood and Jana - live concert on XM Radio Online, FineTuning today 8 PM ET.Encores: Fri, 12/30 5PM ET/Sun, 12/2 Noon ET http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelguide.xmc?ch=76
We ask everyone for their prayers for Floyd Red Crow Westerman. If youwant to leave him a message, the best place is the Myspace page. And please respect his privacy, and the privacy of his family.
Turtle Gals - premiere of the playThe Only Good Indian... December 1 - 16th at Tarragon Theatre's ExtraSpace in Toronto.
Roscoe Pond gave up his website a while ago due to focusing on acting. But he got a lot of feedback, and decided to use the blog on his myspace page to write about Hollywood now and then:
He also reported (via e-mail blast): Tamara Podemski nominated forSpirit AwardAnd since
Xmas isn't that far away:Ikea has a big portrait for sale. It's an Edward S. Curtis photo of Sitting Bear, Arikara.
It's 2 meters tall!
Sherman Alexie To Speak
Submitted by Debra Sillik
Meet Author Sherman Alexie; celebrate diversityAn Evening with Sherman Alexie: Without Reservations - An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World
Thursday, November 29th - 7 p.m.
Clark County Library 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Sherman Alexie: A Special Program for YouthProlific novelist, poet and screenplay writer, Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) will present poetry, stories and anecdotes. Called "one of the top 20 writers for the 21st century" by The New Yorker, Alexie has published 18 books to date including the recently released, Flight.
Friday, November 30 - 10 a.m.
Clark County Library 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Sherman Alexie (Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene) will talk about his new young adult book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian released in 2007 and discuss life and writing.Free and open to the public. For more information please call 507-3459.
Funding for library programs provided by The Friends of Southern Nevada Libraries
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