In case you missed it, the afternoon of Thursday, January 7th, USET/USET SPF President, Chief Kirk Francis, and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Liz Malerba, were interviewed on the Native America Calling radio show following Wednesday’s disturbing, treasonous events at the U.S. Capitol. This violent insurrection exposed for the world to see the depth of systemic white supremacy and privilege in the United States and the consequences of harmful, dishonest rhetoric around the November 2020 elections and our democratic institutions.
“This was an extremely shameful thing that happened yesterday to an institution that represents not only the strength and stability of our country, but the world,” said President Francis.
As we have throughout the political and social upheaval of the past year, USET SPF continues to call for action and change as a result of the reckoning occurring throughout the nation. Wednesday’s events serve to only further underscore the urgent need to reimagine and modernize Indian Country’s relationship with the United States.
“Yesterday’s events laid bare the fact that we are at an inflection point with the federal government,” said Liz Malerba. “One of the things that USET SPF will be working toward, as we transition into a new Administration, is ensuring that we are moving forward and building something better. We will continue to be calling for the type of change that we have outlined in much of our advocacy.”
This deplorable show of white privilege and disregard for our democracy cannot be allowed to stand. USET SPF calls upon Congress, the Administration, and the whole of the federal government to join us in working toward a legacy of change for this country, as well as Tribal Nations, Native people, and the sacred trust relationship. In addition to shedding light on the fragility of the American system of government, this year has underscored the urgent need for radical transformation in the recognition of Tribal sovereignty and the delivery of federal obligations our people. We can no longer accept the status quo of incremental change that continues to feed a broken system. USET SPF is committed to the advancement of systemic change for our people and hopes for a stronger alliance with federal partners in the coming months to achieve this vision.