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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…