Jane Sanders, the wife of democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, said she doesn’t “understand the lack of attention [given] to our first Americans” during an exclusive interview with journalist and activist Simon Moya-Smith of Indian Country Today Media Network.
Earlier this week, Sanders traveled to the Apache Sacred site Oak Flat in support of the efforts by the Apache and allies to keep the area clear of mining interests.
Jane Sanders at Oak Flat in Arizona. Photo by Simon Moya-Smith, ictmn.com.
During her stop in Arizona, Sanders also visited other Native American communities in the state, including the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe.
Sanders told Moya-Smith that as First Lady she, along with potential president Bernie Sanders, would frequently travel to Indian country to continue the dialogue surrounding indigenous sovereignty and plight.
“Native American voices are largely missing from the mainstream narrative due to a fundamental lack of education about our communities,” said Tara Houska, a Native American advisor to the Sanders campaign. “In Canada, a national election would be remiss without at least mentioning indigenous peoples. In the U.S., the outreach by Jane and Bernie Sanders is historic and also encouraging.”
Bernie Sanders was in Arizona this week where he drew the largest crowd of supporters to date at a rally in Phoenix, according to the Washington Post. An estimated 11,000 people swarmed the Phoenix Convention Center.
Watch the brief interview with Jane Sanders here: