The Nez Perce Tribe Officially Endorses Paulette Jordan to be the next Governor of Idaho

Lapwai, Idaho- On Monday, May 7th, 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Paulette Jordan, met with the Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee (NPTEC). She discussed her campaign and was able to hear about issues that are important to the Tribe. 

Jordan spoke to the nine NPTEC members and shared with them her reasons for running to be the next governor of the state of Idaho. During the meeting, she emphasized that she intends to be a voice for all people, including the indigenous population. She voiced that it is time for a change of leadership in Idaho. “It all comes back to humanity, beyond the politics, it is about the people,” said Jordan. 

Her primary goal for meeting with the Tribe was to encourage folks to get out and vote during the upcoming May 15th primary election. She hopes to carry this voting trend into the general election, occurring in November. She remarked on the low numbers of ethnic groups voting, and how this needs to improve if we expect to see change. “People have to be engaged, and get to the polls,” Jordan stated.

“We cannot continue to sit idle and not vote. I need you, and I need action,” she urged. 

Jordan’s visit was welcomed and appreciated by all those in attendance. At the conclusion of Jordan’s address, each NPTEC member voiced their encouragement, support, and pride in her campaign and what she is attempting to accomplish. Following her discussion with the NPTEC, Jordan stayed for photos and interaction with the youth, employees, and community members. 

During the meeting, Jordan relayed her regrets over the recent miscommunication about a scheduled appearance at the Tribe’s General Council. Although Jordan had been invited, there never was confirmation that Jordan was available to attend. Representatives from the General Council Committee confirmed these facts, indicating that an invitation was made but official confirmation about Jordan’s availability was never received.  

During the meeting, the NPTEC gave Paulette Jordan the Tribe’s official endorsement to be the next Idaho Governor. The Tribe stands beside Jordan and would like to reiterate her request of the people to get out and vote on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018.