Empower Indigenous Peoples
“Our land was not discovered in 1492. It had been loved and cultivated and kept by a people whose history we must seek to understand. America is not a European colony whose primary purpose is to profit at the expense of others. When we are living out our country's self-evident truth, we are a tapestry of different people with different cultures, beliefs and values - brought together by a calling to liberate those who are oppressed.”
- Zak Ringelstein -
Indigenous people first lived on the land that we now call America, but we continue to do the unthinkable: take more from them. Our land was not discovered in 1492. It had been loved and cultivated and kept by a people whose history we must seek to understand and respect. In keeping with the integrity of our legal system, it is only proper that we respect the reservation laws that already exist and expand upon them.
Our plan to empower indigenous peoples includes:
Providing full sovereignty to tribal nations, including tribal jurisdiction over non-indigenous people;
Creating an accountability system for those who infringe upon tribal rights, from corporations to the American government; and,
Improving education, healthcare, housing, and economic development on tribal lands and reservations.