Spotted Eagle would use traditional Dakota values if electedBy Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today
Health & Environment Editor
nativesunnews.today LAKE ANDES – In an introductory statement for her campaign to win in the June 5 Democratic primary election on the South Dakota District 21 ballot for the House of Representatives, Faith Spotted Eagle emphasized that her priority in governance is to encourage give-and-take between generations. Asked what tops her agenda for the South Dakota State Legislature, the Ihanktonwan Oyate member and resident of this Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation town in Charles Mix County said it’s applying her traditional Dakota philosophy. “First and foremost, I am entering this primary race as a grandmother (kunsi) who feels responsible for the future of my grandchildren and every other future generation in the Oceti Sakowin Council Fires and the State of South Dakota,” she told the Native Sun News Today. “We live in uncertain times where cooperation of all residents of Mother Earth is essential for the well-being of all living things,” she said in response to a request for a campaign declaration. “A large part of that cooperation must occur with younger generations who have much to teach us elders. “I, in turn, wish to share what I have learned in my 70 years,” she said. “I hope I can be like my activist friend Rosalie Little Thunder who said that being an elder is ‘one who is good to listen to.’ I pray that I can do that.”
Spotted Eagle listened and obtained a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of South Dakota at the age of 25, after attending Black Hills State University and American University in Washington, D.C. While attending American University, she had her first experience in politics, working as an intern with U.S. Sen. George McGovern. In 2016, she received one vote for U.S. President from a Washington State electoral college member, even though she wasn’t running. “It was like getting a bouquet of roses for all the life work that I have done,” she said. “Above all I was raised to be self-competent in life and have done so as a classroom teacher, counselor, principal, social worker, community college instructor, manager of social service programs, Dakota language instructor, store owner, conflict resolution peacemaker, and teacher in a psychiatric unit school,” she said. She currently is a contractor with the Veteran’s Administration and many tribal communities, providing cultural therapy for sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Urging supporters to help get out the vote, Spotted Eagle noted that turnout for her district is expected to be nearly 7,400 in the general election, so more than 3,600 votes will be necessary for a win. “It should be an interesting time, but for sure we need a record turnout of registered native voters,” she said. May 21 is the deadline for registering to vote in the primaries. Anyone 18 years or older can complete a voter registration form at the county branch of the State Auditor’s office at no cost. For detailed information, consult the South Dakota Secretary of State website. Contact Talli Nauman at firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright permission Native Sun News Today Related Stories:
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