Utah League of Native American Voters and Pandos Discuss Utah Issues

The Utah League of Native American Voters presented the inaugural Native American Issues Forum. This was 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. 

Issues covered ranged 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, to substance abuse, and so forth, marking a series of issues not addressed and often ignored by elected officials and the current cadre of candidates. 

Columbus The Colonizer

On “Columbus Day” PANDOS held a conference to raise awareness for Standing Rock’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. On the day intended to celebrate genocide and oppression, we addressed the painful issue of colonialism and imperialism, and how it continues to ravage our communities. 

Featured Speakers Were:
Moroni Benally – Columbus Day
Irene Ota – COlonialism and Imperialism
Angelena Whitehorse – Being Native
Carol Surveyor – Standing Rock
Carl Moore – PANDOS
Alan Naumann – Fossil Fuels & Green Energy