CACHE COUNTY, UTAH — 02 October 2017:
Every year, families around the country join together to give thanks and remember the early friendship shared between Colonists and Native Americans. This year, in remembrance of that solemn tradition, we seek to rekindle that relationship by introducing the voice of the Native American peoples into the political discussion of our Great State.
The Constitution guarantees unto each state a Republican form of government – one where the fleeting desires of the masses are tempered by the wisdom of the Representatives of the People, and the Rights of the Individual are protected and preserved. We have reviewed the Planks in the Platforms of the various political parties and feel that the values and ideals of the Republican Party best reflect the traditions of our elders.
Over the years, the Federal Government has overstepped its rightful bounds and inserted itself into matters which it has no Constitutional authority. Historically, Native American tribes are painfully familiar with this type of expansion and unilateral “renegotiation” of treaties. In recent years, our non-Native brothers and sisters have begun to experience the same type of treatment that we have seen and experienced for generations. We feel our experience with federal overreach can be of great value to liberty-minded individuals in Utah especially during this time of disunity among the many peoples of the United States.
James Hammond Trumbull suggested to the American Philological Association that the word caucus comes from an Algonquian word, cau´-cau-as´u, meaning “counsel”. The word may also derive from the Algonquian cawaassough, meaning an advisor, talker, or orator. Since the Federal nature of our United States — sovereign States, unified by a common set of values and mutual agreements — was likely inspired by the confederation of the Five Nations of the Iroquois League (Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Mohawk, and Seneca), it holds that today’s political Representatives can benefit from the insight of today’s Native Americans, just as the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution benefited from their Native American contemporaries.
We are encouraged by the interest and support the Utah Republican Native American Caucus has received to-date, and look forward to the mutually beneficial involvement our future involvement in the Utah political process holds.
The Utah Republican Native American Caucus, “Republican Natives”, is a private organization in Utah which is committed to providing a voice of the Native American Republicans in Utah politics.