Montana Fort Peck Tribes Councilman Alex Smith endorses Pete Buttigieg for President
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Today, Fort Peck Tribes Councilman Alex Smith announced he is endorsing Pete Buttigieg for President. Smith, age 20, is the youngest person elected to serve as a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes. Smith, who also serves on the Fort Peck Tribes Tribal Executive Board, offered the following statement about his endorsement:
“This election is the most consequential election of our lifetime and only one candidate in this race has demonstrated a commitment to bring Native voices from places like Fort Peck Tribes to the White House and that's Pete Buttigieg,” said Smith. “I know that my community’s challenges won’t be undone in one election cycle or even in one presidential term, but it’s important that we elect a president who recognizes one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history and will begin to tackle these challenges with the urgency that is required. I see that demonstrated in Pete’s plan for my community which includes investments into mental health resources, support for the self-determination of Indigenous populations and his commitment to protect voting rights on tribal lands. I believe Pete is the candidate who will do just that. That’s why I am proud to endorse Pete for President of the United States.”
Smith is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Following his high school graduation, Smith moved to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation where he ran for public office for the first time at age 18. He is the youngest council member of the Fort Peck Tribes, a vice-chairman of the Economic Development Committee, and sits on several other boards. He is currently an undergraduate at Ashford University.