|The Utah Native American Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00-9:00 PM
The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City
PANDOS is excited to join with The Utah League of Native American Voters for the inaugural Native American Issues Forum. This interactive forum, between candidates for federal and state office and Tribal Leaders and Native American community leaders, will be the first ever forum hosted by the Native American voting bloc in Utah, in partnership with allies and friends, to discuss Native American issues and concerns in Utah electoral politics.
Click here to visit the Facebook Event Page and RSVP.
In Utah politics, tribes are often lumped in with public lands management issues or multicultural policy. Tribes have a unique political and legal relationship with the state and federal government and deserve to have their voices heard.
Tribes make up about 1.5% of the Utah’s population. High school drop out rates are the highest among Native students, poverty hovers around 60% and unemployment rates around 50% on reservations and within urban communities.
Issues ranging from land management, water rights, natural resource extraction and fossil fuel development, protection of sacred sites, culturally competent education, employment in economies crippled by federal and state law, adequate representation and acknowledgement in key decision-making structures, homeless native youth, violence in the native LGBTQ community, domestic violence, substance abuse, and so forth mark a series of issues not addressed and often ignored by elected officials and the current cadre of candidates.
PANDOS will be hosting a booth at the event and is seeking Volunteers to help! Click here to sign-up to volunteer. We need folks to help set-up, sign-up supporters, and work the Native Taco station.