Electoral Vote Casted for Native American Woman for the First Time in US History
A handful of electors opted out of their states' popular candidate during the Electoral College's meeting on December 19.
As a result, a few of these "faithless electors" dropped President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for choices like presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who was reintroduced. The results also made U.S. history when one elector voted for the first Native American woman.
Washington state elector, Robert Satiacum, cast a vote for 68-year-old Faith Spotted Eagle of South Dakota's Yankton Sioux Reservation. She is the first Native American in U.S history to receive a vote from the Electoral College.
"Earth is on fire, and we are in need of first responders, and not more politicians," said Satiacum in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. He is a member of Washington's Puyallup Tribe, according to Newser.
Receiving a vote for the highest office in the U.S was a surprise to the Sioux elder, but humbling nonetheless. According to ABC News, Spotted Eagle believes that the vote counts for something much larger than herself: awakening people to the threat against the environment.
"The worst terrible thing in the world would be for your grandchild to ask for water and to not be able to give them water," she said.
"Faith Spotted Eagle is committed to the Earth. She is the air, she is the land and the water ... she cares about my mother, your mother, this Earth," said Satiacum, who is now known for casting the first vote in history for a tribal leader.
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