“Nation-to-nation consultation must occur,” Governor Bullock said. “if you’re not actually doing nation-to-nation consultation and saying we build this together, then you probably don’t fully understand or appreciate the importance of making sure a government-to-government consultation creates a path forward.” Throughout his campaign, and on national television, Bullock brought up his track record working with the seven tribal nations of Montana. He won two elections as Democrat for governor despite it being in a Republican state. He also received endorsements from the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, a consortium of tribes throughout Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Bullock also spoke at the Frank LaMere Presidential Forum on Native issues— although by video link.
Speaking of candidates, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a 2020 Democratic candidate for president, is addressing the National Congress of American Indians 76th annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. @GovernorBullock #NCAIAnnual19 #NativeVote #NativeVote2020 pic.twitter.com/GCIEUNGZnk— indianz.com (@indianz) October 23, 2019
As the 2020 Presidential campaign has progressed, candidates have used Twitter to share camaraderie amongst party lines. Shortly after news broke about the Bullock campaign, Democratic candidates Amy Klobuchar and Andrew Yang took to Twitter to share their thoughts. There are currently 16 candidates vying to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. The final debate of 2018 will happen on December 19 in Los Angeles, California. The first votes for the Democrats will be the Iowa caucus on February 3, 2020.
Steve Bullock took on dark money in Montana and proved Democrats can win and get things done in a state that voted for Trump by double digits. He brought that determination and spirit to the presidential race and we are a better party for it.— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 2, 2019
Steve Bullock is a true family man and public servant. He has a lot to offer the country - will try my best to bring him to DC with me. 👍💪🇺🇸— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) December 2, 2019
Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today's Phoenix Bureau. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at email@example.com.
Note: This story originally appeared on Indian Country Today on December 2, 2019. Cover photo of Steve Bullock by Kevin Abourezk