Today, on Indigenous Peoples Day, independent Green candidate for the U.S. Senate Lisa Savage is proud to announce a new slate of endorsements, including those coming from members of Maine’s indigenous population.
Savage has long engaged in advocacy on behalf of indigenous people who want to assert their sovereignty, eliminate the use of Native American representations as school mascots, and establish Indigenous Peoples Day as a replacement for “Columbus Day.”
“Lisa became in my opinion one of the hardest working allies to the Tribes,” said Barry Dana, past chief of the Penobscot Nation and a native educator. “She continually gave testimony before the [MSAD 54 School Board] requesting they comply with Tribes’ request to drop their offensive mascot, nickname, and imagery. She also presented testimony before the Maine State Legislature in our successful effort to create a statewide law prohibiting offensive mascots. Lisa played a huge role in this victory, for which I am forever thankful.”
Savage is also proud to have the endorsements of:
- Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot activist, independent journalist and independent candidate for Vice President
- Dwayne Tomah, Passamaquoddy language keeper
- Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot attorney and environmental educator
- Cheri Honkala, director and co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
“While it is a demonstration of progress that I am able to celebrate the newly named Skowhegan River Hawks here on Indigenous Peoples Day in Maine,” said Savage, “there is still much work to be done in setting to right the vast crimes that have been perpetrated against native peoples here in what is now known as Maine and across what is now known as the United States of America.”
Further, she said, there is much for us to learn from indigenous peoples as we work to address the climate crisis and truly understand what sustainable living entails.
“I am proud to stand as an ally with the Wabanaki Alliance and all of the indigenous people here on this land where they have been living for more than 10,000 years,” said Savage. “Had we been listening to their wisdom instead of tearing their children from their homes, perhaps we wouldn’t find ourselves in the crisis that now threatens the entire planet.”
In other new developments, Savage has also been endorsed by:
- Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, which called Savage’s positions “inspiring” and a sign that “changing the lopsided U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine is possible.”
- Demand Universal Healthcare (DUH!), which has also endorsed Democrat Jaime Harrison in his race against Republican Senator Lindsay Graham. “We salute your courage,” wrote DUH! Executive Director Sue Saltmarsh, “conviction, and steadfast commitment to the people you will serve and to the nation.”
Find the full list of 200+ endorsers of the Savage campaign at https://www.lisaformaine.org/endorsers.
Find information about Lisa Savage, her policy positions, background, and how to support her people-powered campaign at www.LisaforMaine.org.