I recently did a blog called preserving tradition, in this blog I spoke about the president drastically reducing the size of two of our national monuments. President Trump decided to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Esacalante; two national monuments located in Utah. His reason for doing so was to open them up to oil and gas drilling. This weekend I was reading an article on Mic.com about Paulette Jordan; a Native American woman running for US governor. If elected she would be the first Native American in history to serve as a US governor. In the article Jordan addresses the issue of the national monuments saying “we have this president who decides to open up [monument sites] for oil and gas extractions to basically ravage the land in every way possible for the benefit of the corporations.” “Now that, to me, is not only unlawful but goes back to being a detriment to the people.”A person this passionate about our land, and who is willing to speak out against the people in power would truly benefit us as a people.
Jordan was born and raised in Idaho, and has ancestry from several local tribes. She comes from a line of tribal chiefs and was a former member of the Couer d’Alene tribe’s council. She defines herself by her heritage and time in tribal leadership; it plays heavily into her politics. Jordan considers environmental protection and conservation a political priority, and says it comes directly from her family’s commitments to stewardship of the earth and protecting it at all costs. Paulette’s upbringing brings a whole new aspect to politics; we will have a governor whose first priority is taking care of our land. She was even quoted saying “My grandfather said, “never forget your contract with Mother Earth. And that is to protect her at all costs. That means keep our air clean, to keep our water clean. Protect our land and ensure she’s always respected.”
CANA Foundation shares these sentiments and beliefs with Paulette Jordan. Living a naturally considerate life is one of our main focuses, and we know the respect and appreciation for our land is a huge part of that. It would be a great thing to see not only a Native American as governor but a Native American Woman as governor. In tribal culture the women are essential to all things, they are considered carriers, they carry traditional teachings, understandings, and they are life givers. They have a different understanding and grasp of life because they have the responsibility of bringing forth life in the form of children. So a Native American female governor would mean a lot to politics, but even more to the culture and tradition of how this nation was started by the original inhabitants of the land.
Source: Joyce, A.P. Meet the anti-Trump candidate running to become the United States’ first Native American governor. (Jan. 3, 2018). Retrieved from Mic.com