On October 30, the largest Indian Nation in the United State – the Navajo Nation – endorsed Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate.
Heinrich has received numerous endorsements from tribal leaders that he earned while working with tribal leaders as a U.S. Congressman according to a article Indian Country Today Media Network reported October 23.
One of the issues that earned his trust was his push in Congress for the passage of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act that President Barack Obama signed into law in June.
Navajo Nation Council Delegate Russell Begaye in introducing the legislation of endorsement stated, “The Navajo Nation Council voted to unify its voice in endorsing Congressman Martin Heinrich, as he seeks to become New Mexico’s next U.S. Senator. The Navajo Nation is dedicated to supporting candidates that have courage and who show true leadership on Navajo issues, which is needed in Washington, D.C. Our vote signals to all Navajos in New Mexico that the Navajo Nation sees value in Martin’s unwavering support for Social Security, Veterans Benefits, and Indian Health Care—issues of great importance to Navajos. On Election Day, we implore all Navajo New Mexicans to vote for Martin in hopes to maintain and enhance retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s legacy.”
Begaye’s announcement touched on an understanding that Heinrich aims to maintain. In the October 23rd article Heinrich addressed how legislators need to know what sets tribes apart, such as sovereignty, land rights issues and the challenge of homeownership for people living on reservations.
“It is a great honor to receive the endorsement of the Navajo Nation. The voices of the Navajo people are critical to moving our country forward and providing a better future for our children,” Heinrich said. “Too many in Washington do not understand the unique issues facing the Navajo Nation. I’m proud of the legislative accomplishments that we have achieved together and I look forward to working with the great people of the Navajo Nation in the U.S. Senate.”