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Hunter/Elias Green Party Campaign Continues its Commitment to Indigenous Rights with Focus on Violence Against Indigenous Womxn

May 06, 2020

May 6, 2020


Hunter/Elias Green Party Campaign Continues its Commitment to Indigenous Rights with Focus on Violence Against Indigenous Womxn

Violence against women takes many forms, and to some extent transcends class and race. The Dario Hunter/Darlene Elias 2020 campaign for the Green Party presidential nomination sees one of its roles to bring attention to the particular problems that indigenous women face.


The main issue, says Dawn Neptune Adams--a Penobscot activist and the Indigenous People’s Policy Advisor for the Dario Hunter/Darlene Elias campaign--is that people do not know about this violence, and don’t understand its connections to others issues. “I think the most important thing to know is that it is happening,” she says. “There is a direct correlation between violence against Mother Earth on a macro scale, and violence against Indigenous womxn on a microscale.” This violence is especially prevalent, she says, in areas with “man camps,” a term used to describe temporary cities of thousands of workers from all parts of the country. She notes that “places where extractive industries are centered have the highest rates of murdered and missing Indigenous womxn.”

With law degrees and specific experience with environmental law, Dario Hunter is ready to address these difficult issues. His proposal for a People of Color Bill of Rights includes “a right to genuine recognition of the sovereignty of Native American peoples, unabridged by illegal disregard for treaties and including a reparative process and recognition of the sacredness of their lands.” 


“We must take seriously the onslaught of women all across the globe and even more so with our indigenous women,” said Darlene Elias, Co-Chair of the Green Party Women’s Caucus and Hunter’s choice for vice president. Dawn Neptune Adams agrees, and adds that “without recognition of Tribal sovereignty in so-called Maine, non-Native abusers of Wabanaki womxn knew they wouldn't be held accountable by the state, and Tribal court's hands were tied. They targeted Indigenous womxn specifically because of these technicalities in law.” These technical issues can be a challenge, but these are the challenges that the Hunter/Elias campaign is prepared to take on. As Elias concludes, “if we don’t value our native women then we do not value our native earth and both are sacred and key to our future.”


Dario Hunter, Green Candidate for President

Darlene Elias, Green Candidate for Vice-President

Dawn Neptune Adams, Indigenous People’s Policy Advisor, Hunter/Elias 2020


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