Indigenous Democratic Network endorses candidates

Dear Editor,

We are thrilled to announce our next round of endorsements for 2008! These candidates from 9 states and 11 tribes will certainly represent Indian Country well when they are elected in November. We are excited to be able to support five candidates who we first endorsed in 2006. They won then, and all of our candidates can win this year with your help!


Bruce Curnutt, a member of the Choctaw Nation, is running for LeFlore County Sheriff. Bruce won his primary on July 29, but he had a runoff on Tuesday (Aug. 26).

Gary Starns, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is running for HD 25. He won his primary on July 29 with 64.4% of the vote, and now faces the Republican incumbent in November. Two years ago, this seat was lost by only 2 votes, and Gary needs your help to be victorious this fall!

Senator Richard Lerblance, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is seeking re-election to SD 7. We need to make sure Democrats take a true majority of the state senate in Oklahoma, and we need this incumbent to win again!


Representative Jonathan Windy Boy, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, is now running for the Montana State Senate, District 16! He won his primary, but faces a write-in campaign in the general.

Tony Belcourt, also a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, is running for Windy Boy’s open house seat (HD 32). He won his primary by one vote, but he faces a write-in campaign from his primary opponent in the general. Let’s make sure he wins again and make it a bigger margin of victory!


Assemblyman John Oceguera, a member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, is running for reelection to the Nevada State Assembly (District 16), where he currently serves as Majority Leader. We support his campaign to win again!


Senator Albert Hale, a member of the Navajo Nation, is running for re-elction to SD 2. We were proud to endorse him in 2006 and are excited for the opportunity to do so again.


Representative Woodie Salmon, a member of the Chalkyitsik Tribe, is running for re-election to the Alaska State House, District 6. We proudly endorsed his campaign in 2006, and are pleased to support him again!


Representative Barbara McIlvaine Smith, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, is seeking re-election to HD 156 in Pennsylvania. We endorsed her in 2006, when she won by less than 50 votes, and her victory flipped control of the state house!

South Dakota

Senator Theresa Two Bulls, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is running for re-election to SD 27. She won her primary this year, and faces a Republican in the fall. We endorsed her in 2006, and are proud to do so again.


Senator Suzanne Williams, a member of the Comanche Nation, is seeking re-election to the Colorado State Senate, District 28. She had no primary, but faces a Republican in November. Help us propel her to victory this fall!

And last but not least...


Representative Patrick Goggles, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, is running for re-election to HD 33. We proudly endorsed him in 2006, and are excited to do so again!

We have now endorsed 28 candidates, from 11 states and 19 tribes, who can go on to the general election in November.

Since our founding 3 years ago, we have experienced an impressive 79% win rate, with 22 of 28 of our endorsed candidates winning in 2006 & 2007! With your help, we can do even more.

Please give today to INDN’s List to help us support these excellent candidates.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, Kalyn Free

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