Speech at the First “Indigenous Peoples’ Day - SLC”

Indigenous Peoples are good at speaking and interpreting code. In World War II, our Dine’ grandfathers used the language of the People, Dine’ Bizaad, to send coded messages on the war-torn isles of the Pacific. The heroic valor of those Marines contributed to saving countless American lives, men and women, serving in the armed forces.

Speech Advocating for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

It has been said that it is good to start off your remarks with a joke. So let me give this a try:

Speech for Dreamers/DACA

Close to where we are today, my family and ancestors lived and died hundreds of years before the idea of “America” or a “United States” was even dreamed up. All across these lands Natives lived, worked, played, grew societies, raised families, faced hardships, and experienced joy for tens of thousands of years before the first European set foot on this land. We’re tied to this land, and our fate rests with it. So it is with strong conviction that I say that no, we’re not all immigrants.

The Future of Our Campaign

Dear Friends, As many of you have experienced, the path towards meaningful change does not come with a map. We encounter twists and turns that, though not unexpected, may be surprising in their magnitude. Nevertheless, we persist on.

Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement

Dear Friends,

Today, President Trump let down Americans and our neighbors across the world when he decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. These actions prove that he is unwilling to do the minimum necessary to protect the ecological safety of the planet, the people who inhabit it, and the generations who will come after us. Global climate change is a very real issue for humanity and is something we cannot postpone addressing any longer.

Press Conference Remarks on Sen. Hatch’s Racially Charged Comments about “Indians don’t understand...”

Times, such as these, test the resiliency of our democracy and the ideal that we, as human beings, stand equal. It is difficult to believe that is the case when we review the history of our nation. Power has remained concentrated in the hands of a few — the wealthy, males, and whites. And although there have been many strides throughout our history to extend these rights to other groups, time and again we see this goal fall short.

It's Time for a New Generation!

Thank you for coming out tonight and supporting me in this important decision. And thank you to my team for putting this event together and to Carol Surveyor and Dan Cairo for the powerful stories they have shared with us.

Their stories have shaped who they are, but are also indicative of the society in which we live in today.

My story is founded as much upon the choices that individuals have made as it is about the history of the country and social forces at play: 

My grandparents still live on the Navajo Nation, descendants of Diné ancestors from time immemorial. My grandparents worked hard in Utah and Arizona. My grandfather in uranium mines. My grandmother stripping bed sheets and cleaning guest rooms in the hospitality industry. My dad grew up with the Grand Canyon in his backyard. He survived boarding school and lived in California in the LDS Indian Placement Program. He served an LDS Mission on the Navajo Nation and then after his mission, made it to Salt Lake City where he has co…