#NativeVote16 – Candidate notes from the July campaign (and powwow) trail

Denise Juneau at Arlee Celebration. (Trahant photo)


Fourth of July weekend is a nonstop race for candidates. There are 125 days left until Election Day.

In Montana Denise Juneau took time to march in parades across the state and join Grand Entry at the annual Arlee Celebration. She Tweeted: “Today, picked up a new shawl at the Arlee powwow and participated in grand entry. What a great event!” Juneau spoke briefly, urging everyone there to register and to vote.

Chase Iron Eyes on the holiday float. (Facebook photo from Iron Eyes campaign.)

Next door in North Dakota, Chase Iron Eyes wrote about an unusual election year conflict. “So the float I was on this morning was registered by my friend Ruth Buffalo, she’s also running for Insurance Commissioner. Unbeknownst to Ruth, Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun (PSC Candidate) & myself the family member has a personal c0nnection” to the Republican candidate for Governor, Doug Burgum, and “he was adamant about his 2 Burgum signs.”

“We knew there’d be fallout but at that point we just went through with the parade because it’s People over Politics & it wasn’t our equipment,” Iron Eyes wrote.  “This is the only kind of thing out opponents have is distraction.”


New citizens on the Fourth of July. (Facebook photo from Steele campaign.)

In Arizona, Victoria Steele’s Fourth of July included a swearing-in ceremony in Tucson. She wrote on Facebook: “Today’s new citizen was yesterday’s immigrant. They will do what new immigrants have always done in our history — make us stronger through diversity and hard work. July 4th Naturalization Service with 20 new citizens being sworn in before a standing room only crowd.”

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, wrote about the holiday and its meaning to him. “For 240 years, the ideal of liberty has been engrained in America’s foundation,” he wrote. “It is incredible to realize that what our Founding Fathers established was a government designed to uphold its purpose for years beyond measure. What they valued then, still holds value today. For generations, America will remain the embodiment of free society. Every Independence Day, we will remember these ideals of freedom, and honor those who fight to preserve them.”





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Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant is an independent journalist. He currently serves as the Charles R. Johnson Professor at the University of North Dakota.

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