Indigenous Virtual Town Hall with Eva Putzova
For too long, the federal government has treated Indigenous communities as an afterthought. The lack of investments into basic infrastructure and resources like health care, food, education and running water but also voter suppression, racial profiling in border towns, racism, and environmental degradation have had deep, systemic impacts for life on reservations. Sadly, we are seeing the consequences of this during one of the worst public health crises in modern history.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Native Americans account for 6 percent of all cases — close to their percentage in the state population — but 16 percent of all COVID-19 deaths.
This town hall will include discussions about re-envisioning a new normal where our government in consultation with tribal community leaders can advance progressive policies to ensure a better life for all Indigenous People in Arizona and across the nation.
Our special guests are:
- Diné Ethel Branch, former Navajo Nation Attorney General and organizer of the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
- Member of the Tohono O’odham Nation Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, educator, grassroots organizer and candidate for Pima County Recorder
- Diné Nikki Cooley, co-manager for Northern Arizona University’s Tribal Climate Change Program and former associate director of the Native Voices Program
- Diné Eric Descheenie, former state representative (AZ-07) and National Tribal Advisor for the Bernie 2020 Presidential Campaign
Attendees are welcome to prepare and ask questions for the guests and Eva Putzova to answer during the event.
The event will take place over video and phone conference and is open to all in Arizona’s First District or anyone interested in Eva’s campaign for Congress.