Bernie Sanders has named a new Native American advisor to his presidential campaign.
Tara Houska is a tribal rights attorney, as well as an environmental activist and a contributing columnist to Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN)
In her new role, Houska, who is Couchiching First Nation, will field press inquiries, recruit voters – particularly Native Americans – and assist with drafting Sanders’ Native American policy.
Sanders, a Democrat, has said he will “work with the Native American community in preserving their heritage, and their way of life” and that he will do “everything” he can to “redress [treaty violations].”
Houska is also a National Campaigns Director of the environmental justice group, Honor The Earth, led by Native American leader and activist, Winona LaDuke. She is also founding board member of Not Your Mascots.
Houska plans on making sure that Native American issues are heard.
“I hope to elevate Native American issues at a high level,” she said. “Too much of America is unaware of the plights our communities face, and we are tired of hearing more of the same from politicians. I look forward to continued and expanded outreach in Indian country. Our voices and our votes matter.”