With this year’s election rapidly approaching, I was asked if I would like to write a final statement to you, the voters who will decide on who will represent you in District 7 over the next four years.
One question from the 2014 election has stayed with me over the years:
What does it mean to you to be a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation? My answer was simple: “It is at the core of who I am as a person. I was raised with the stories of our proud people and of the struggles of our families. I was raised to respect our culture and heritage, and to serve others before myself, which I have done all of my adult life. I like my father before me, and his father before him, walk with the blood of our ancestors. I am proud to carry that blood and will always respect it.”
While my answer was simple and from the heart, it comes with a very deep acknowledgment of the responsibilities that come with holding the office of District Legislative Representative. Our Nation is faced with serious challenges on a daily basis, and we are fortunate to have an Executive Branch and Legislature that are more than capable of leading our Nation through these challenges.
I am very proud to have served you as the District 7 Representative over the last eight years and hope I have earned your trust to continue as your Representative for the next four years as we face these challenges head-on. A strong Legislature is needed as we move forward, and I am extremely proud to be a part of a government that works and works for you, your family and the next 10 generations.
Migwetch (Thank you),
(Strong as a Tree)
Representative, District 7
I respectfully ask for your vote in the June election. Throughout the past few months, I shared highlights of my Native American community engagement, Citizen Potawatomi Nation family history, and personal and professional accomplishments. I am grateful the Hownikan has provided election coverage.
Tribal members may visit my website for additional information about my campaign at browningneddeaucpnd7.com. I also invite you to join other Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members who support my commitments as a deeply engaged Tribal member in Native American work at the local, state and national levels on my campaign Facebook page, Browning Neddeau for CPN District 7 Legislator. My website and Facebook pages also include resources for veterans, college scholarships, housing, health and well-being and eagle feather information.
It would be an honor to serve as District 7 Legislator. If elected, I will focus on building community and resources to better serve District 7. I believe that effective leadership emerges by listening to the collective voice of those you represent. To represent District 7 constituents, it is essential to host consistent district gatherings and community engagement opportunities that are accessible to Tribal members, especially within District 7.
As your District 7 Legislator, I will
1. organize two district gatherings per year (one in the fall and one in the spring)
2. continue to build community within our district
3. continue to expand a resources hub to serve Tribal members
4. be responsive to constituents’ questions and concerns
If you share my commitments to building community engagement and resources in District 7, then please vote for me. I invite you to reach me by telephone at 831-393-4038 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas on how I could best serve you and our Tribe.
Chi migwetch and jagenaganon,