Lt. Governor and local DFL Party leaders hold Native American voter engagement event in Cass Lake | Bemidji Pioneer

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Lt. Gov. Flanagan encouraged attendees to make their vote count and endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. She spoke of him improving tribal relations with the U.S. government, as well as understanding and respecting tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, if elected president. “I don’t need to tell you about what the stakes are with this presidential race. The last four years for everybody — but for Native folks in particular — have been incredibly difficult under the leadership of Donald Trump, or the lack of leadership from Donald Trump,” Flanagan said. “We’ve done what we can to partner with tribes here in Minnesota — the Governor and I — but boy, it would be really helpful to have a friend and have an advocate in the White House instead of a foil at every single turn,” she added. However, Trump signed an executive order in Nov. 2019 creating a national task force to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. And more recently the Savanna’s Act, which seeks to combat violence against the most vulnerable members of the Native American community, was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Oct. 10.

Rep. John Persell, a candidate …

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