October 22, 2020 Press Releases

ICYMI: Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai Op-Ed: Under Donald Trump, More Broken Promises to Indian Country

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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ICYMI: Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai Op-Ed: Under Donald Trump, More Broken Promises to Indian Country

“Ahead of tonight’s final presidential debate, it’s more critical than ever that we remember the Trump administration’s many broken promises to Indian Country.”

PHOENIX — Ahead of tonight’s final presidential debate, State Senator Jamescita Peshlakai penned an op-ed for Indian Country Today calling out the Trump administration’s broken promises to Indian Country. In the op-ed, Senator Peshlakai highlights the devastating consequences of Trump’s failed pandemic response on Tribal nations, and shares why she believes Joe Biden is the best candidate to fulfill the federal government’s trust and treaty obligations to Native communities. Read the full op-ed here

Indian Country Today: Under Donald Trump, More Broken Promises to Indian Country
By State Senator Jamescita Peshlakai
October 22, 2020

Key Points

  • “Ahead of tonight’s final presidential debate, it’s more critical than ever that we remember the Trump administration’s many broken promises to Indian Country.”

  • “Earlier this year in May, President Trump visited Phoenix and claimed that his administration was working to ‘improv[e] the lives of Native American families and tribes more than any administration has done so far.’ In reality, Trump has been failing tribal communities since day one, but especially during the pandemic.”

  • “As a member of Navajo Nation, I’ve seen the hurtful impacts of Trump’s broken promises and failed record firsthand. Tribal communities have been bearing the brunt of the crisis from the beginning, and Trump’s disastrous response has made things worse at every turn.”

  • “[T]he Trump administration delayed distributing billions in coronavirus relief funds reserved for tribal governments for weeks, until it was finally forced to do so by a federal judge. By that time, it was too little, too late — the pandemic had already taken a devastating toll on our communities. And with every day that passed without resources because Trump dragged his feet, Native American lives were unnecessarily lost. It’s disgraceful — we shouldn’t need to go to court to receive the relief that is owed to us.

  • “If a budget is a statement of values then for years, the Trump administration has sent a clear message about where its priorities lie by repeatedly proposing devastating cuts to critical agencies and programs that Native Americans rely on — from food assistance to education.”

  • “To make matters worse, Trump’s relentless attacks on the Affordable Care Act could put federal funding for tribal health care on the chopping block at a time when access to quality health care has never been more important.”

  • “As President, I know Joe Biden will build on the progress made under the Obama-Biden administration to promote tribal self-determination and strengthen meaningful government-to-government consultation with tribes.”

  • “This election, the stakes for Indian Country are higher than ever — and the choice could not be more clear. It’s time to reject Donald Trump’s record of broken promises once and for all, and elect new leadership that will fulfill the United States’ federal trust and treaty obligations to Indian Country. That leader is Joe Biden.”