Thursday, October 06, 2011
10/8: NAVA Hosts Unprecedented Teleconference and Polling Event
From the Native American Voters Alliance (NAVA):
NAVA is hosting "Native America Speaks," an unprecedented statewide teleconference and polling event using participants' cell phones and displaying real-time results. The teleconference takes place at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, the Center for Lifelong Education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and the UNM Branch in Gallup. An information-gathering booth will also be set up at the Shiprock Fair.
We are inviting Native American people 18 years old and up, including young people, elders, artists, professionals, voters and nonvoters alike to this event. The digital conference will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Registration and check-in begins at 9:00 AM. The NAVA is also looking for volunteers, as well as participants. To register online, go to http://t.co/0hl34cP.
Digital Conference: Issues Facing Native Americans
The relationship of Native Americans to power and politics is one of enormous complexity and speculation. At this unprecedented event, the NAVA, with its more than a decade of civic engagement with tribal communities, seeks to gather information to understand Native voter behavior by hosting a statewide teleconference in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup to poll Native Americans using cell phones and show real-time results. This digital discussion on health care, Veterans, the economy and other issues affecting Native Americans -- who make up more than 10 percent of the state's population -- is based on a similar national polling event on congressional budget talks.
Native Americans at each site will have smaller discussions on the issues hosted by a moderator, and then be polled on their perceptions. The event seeks to contextualize the Native American decision-making process and involvement in American society.
Guest speakers include Alvin Warren (Santa Clara Pueblo), former Lt. Gov. of Santa Clara Pueblo and Indian Affairs Secretary; Joe Garcia (Ohkay Owingeh), former Governor of Ohkay Owingeh and Chairman of the National Congress of American Indians; and Leonard Tsosie, Navajo Nation Council Delegate and former state senator. Others, including political activist LaDonna Harris (Commanche), have been invited.
For more information, contact Event Organizer Amber Carrillo, 505-917-7698, or NAVA Executive Director Laurie Weahkee, 505-246-1819.