Wisconsin tribal chief delivers State of the Tribes tackle, criticizes conservatives’ actions | WUWM 89.7 FM

A consultant of Wisconsin’s 11 federally acknowledged tribal governments gave the annual State of the Tribes tackle to state lawmakers and the governor Tuesday on the State Capitol in Madison.

Through the speech, tribal chief Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, challenged conservative efforts to alter voting legal guidelines and restrict educating about racism.

The Stockbridge-Munsee have about 1,500 tribal members, and their reservation is between Inexperienced Bay and Wausau, Wisconsin.

Holsey delivered her remarks as some Republicans proceed to falsely query whether or not President Joe Biden gained the 2020 election in Wisconsin. However Holsey praised Meeting Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) for lately telling some rank and file conservatives that Biden’s electoral votes can’t be taken again.

“I applaud Speaker Vos, who upheld the integrity of this course of in Wisconsin with the emphasis on the necessity to give attention to the long run,” Holsey stated.

Nevertheless, Vos and different Republican lawmakers are on the verge of passing a slew of payments that critics say would restrict voting this 12 months.

Holsey challenged the Legislature to as an alternative increase entry to the poll field. “We must always all do extra to insure that every one People, together with Native People, can train this proper simply,” she stated.

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Leaders of Wisconsin’s different federally-recognized Native American tribes sit alongside the wall close to the highest of this photograph. Members of the Wisconsin Legislature are within the foreground.

The Republican-controlled Legislature additionally lately tried to ban Wisconsin public colleges from educating college students and coaching workers about ideas comparable to systemic racism and implicit bias.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the measure, and Holsey known as on lawmakers to now take a distinct method. “It’s our view as tribal nations that maybe what is required isn’t vital concept, and extra vital considering,” Holsey stated to sustained applause.

Democratic lawmakers within the viewers led that applause and gave Holsey a number of standing ovations. Republicans usually remained seated and supplied solely restricted applause.

Editor’s be aware: A portion of the audio is from WisconsinEye.

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