MNYC encourages Mvskoke Youth voices to be heard
by Lani Hansen/Reporter
OKLMULGEE, Oklahoma– Mvskoke Nation Youth Council will be holding Mvskoke Youth Vote Candidate Forum. The forum will began at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Okmulgee Community Center.
Youth council representatives Amberly Proctor and Ashleigh Fixico, had the idea of hosting a forum for the candidates and involve the youth. When Fixico went to Washington DC, she learned the organization she was working with had an emphasis on Native hope. For her it was important to get the youth involved in the tribal elections.
“It’s not about who is going to be chief or on council,” Fixico said. “It’s about what are the laws and initiatives that they are going to change when they are in office, and how will that impact us in 20 years.”
Proctor said they wanted to host a forum to allow the youth to be involved with the election this year.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for the candidate to meet any Mvskoke Youth who are interested, and to hear their questions and concerns,” Proctor said.
Many communities put on forums but Proctor said they wanted this to be specifically youth focused. The forum is open to those who are ages 24 and under. The election board will be set up at the forum for voting registry for those who are of age and able to vote.
Each candidate will be allowed to speak and answer questions. The first session starting at 2 p.m. includes the ones running for council for Creek, Muskogee, Okfuskee and Okmulgee districts. The second session will begin at 3 p.m. for those running for council in the McIntosh, Tukvpvtce, Tulsa and Wagoner districts.
Beginning at 4 p.m. all the candidates running for Principal Chief and Second Chief will have the time to speak.
The doors open at 1:30 p.m. and refreshments will be provided at the forum.