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Stephen Roe Lewis. Photo by Adam Schultz / Biden for President
Donald Trump must be impeached
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Gila River Indian Community

SACATON, Arizona — We are a nation of laws, not men.

I say this as a proud Native American leader, one who grew up in the long shadow of my father, Rodney Blaine Lewis, a lawyer recognized throughout the country as a champion for Native rights known for his integrity and fidelity to the rule of law who was the first Native American to win a case before the Supreme Court.

The laws of this Country have not always been kind to my Community or to my brothers and sisters in Indian Country. But we know the importance of a system of laws that are applied equitably, regardless of the person or their position of power.

At the Gila River Indian Community, we have a strong history of military service and we are perhaps best known for our relative and Community member, Ira Hayes, who is memorialized as one of the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

But our enemies have always been common and the threats external. Last week’s attack was an attack from within incited by our own President. While shocking, we must respond to protect our country and to stand by our Constitution.

It is not in our tradition or nature to comment on such matters as impeachment, and it saddens me to have to break that tradition today. As Governor of the Gila River Indian Community, someone who has taken a solemn oath to protect our Constitution and that of our United States, I support all efforts to impeach and convict this President and make it impossible for him to hold this office/public office ever again.

Anything less than ensuring that Donald Trump can never hold elected office again will leave a stain on our Country that will outlive all of us.

I am asking every member of the Congress to uphold their duty as set out in our Constitution and will support any and all that do so.

Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, “Gu-u-Ki”, on the Gila River Indian Community. His parents are Rodney and Willardene Lewis. His paternal grandparents are the late Rev. Roe Blaine and Sally Lewis. His maternal grandparents are the late Willard and Catherine Pratt. Mr. Lewis has an eighteen year old son, Daniel.

Stephen Roe Lewis graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Science and pursued graduate studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Governor Lewis has served the Community as a Gaming Commissioner for the Gila River Gaming Commission, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Healthcare Corporation.