brings vision and values rooted in America's Native American people
...Jeanette WolfleyJeanette Wolfley
lives and breathes the importance of strong relationships between America's tribal governments and the US and state governments.Wolfley
became active in the election this year because of the need for greater understanding and respect for tribal sovereignty in this country.That commitment is not just a policy position.To Wolfley
, it is a moral obligation we all have to ensure fair and equal representation in Washington.Wolfley is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe.
saw many members of her
tribe energized by this historic election, they encouraged Wolfley
to answer the call to run for National delegate.They looked to her
to be their voice.
...Wolfley is also an attorney.She
knows what it means to be the voice for her
people in the courtroom.She
has practiced law for 26 years has worked hard representing tribal issues in Idaho, often against some tough and entrenched prejudices.Jeanette
has also been at the forefront of helping to build a grassroots community of tribal members who are finding their own voices and becoming active in shaping public policy.
For example, Wolfley
worked on behalf of the tribes to ensure the language provisions of the Voting Rights Act were fully protected.She
fought to make sure that Native American language speakers have access to information about candidates and issues and that polling stations have a native speakers.These acts are critical to ensure equal representation of Native Americans throughout the state in the most fundamental act of citizenship: voting.Wolfley
believes that the she
can play a role in helping to bring long-needed change to the White House.It is clear to Wolfley
that Democrats understand the unique political status of America's Indian Tribes.Democrats value sovereignty and are more responsive to issues facing Native Americans.Democrats will be more effective in integrating those issues into the national priorities.Republicans have too often ignored tribal sovereignty and excluded Native Americans from the state and federal decision making.
does not take change for granted.She
is committed to being a full participant, of being a role model for other Indian peoples in Idaho and across the country.In Denver, Wolfley
will connect with representatives from tribes all across America who have also been elected as national delegates.