Indigenous Peoples Rights
All Issues are Native Issues

Nevada is the traditional homelands of the Paiute (Numu/Nuwu), the Shoshone (Newe) and the Washoe (Washeshu). Our campaign wants to acknowledge the history of the land and its first people.

We understand and respect the sovereignty of the 27 Tribes of Nevada and the ancestors that are forever connected to the land.  It should be the moral and ethical responsibility of all leaders to engage in building the necessary healthy relationships within our tribal communities. I promise to make space to listen and engage in finding solutions in order to help co-create a future rooted in healing and love.

As your next Congresswoman, I support:
  •  Ensuring the already codified responsibility of Tribal consultation requirements and establish healthy and effective government to government relations at a local, state, and federal level.

  • Taking advantage of every legislative opportunity to engage in the expansion of tribal jurisdiction and sovereign authority to appropriately address the longstanding issue of human rights crises that impact Native peoples on Native lands. 

  •  Creation of a congressional task force to investigate and address the crisis of MMIW and the human trafficking of Native women and girls and the impact of exploitive natural resource industries have on this issue.​

  • Passing Savanna’s Act, introduced by Rep. Norma Torres and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to create standards for the investigation of cases of MMIW.

  •  Passing the Not Invisible Act, introduced by Rep. Deb Haaland and Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, to create an Advisory Committee within the Bureau of Indian Affairs about how to best prevent, report, and respond to violence and human trafficking across Indigenous communities.

  • Passing the Survive Act, introduced by Rep. Tom O’Halleran and Sen. John Hoeven, to establish a grant program to Indian Tribes to support victims of crime including domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

  • Protection and conservation of all forms of Tribal and federal lands from fossil fuel exploration and extraction and create legislation that would honor and protect lands and culturally significant sites to Indigenous communities.

  • There is a $5,000 per capita deficit in healthcare investment in tribal communities. Patricia wants to fully fund the Indian Health Service and expand healthcare facilities, providers, and technology like telemedicine in rural communities. 

  • Investing in universal pre-k, including investment in tribal school infrastructures. 

  • Expanding high speed internet access in rural and tribal communities. 

  • Supporting technical assistance, education, training, and incentives for renewable energy investments by tribal communities, including tribal governments.

  • Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and expand tribal jurisdiction, including over non-native individuals, over sexual assault, stalking, trafficking, and child abuse.

  • Repealing the Hyde amendment to ensure the Indian Health Service, often the only healthcare provider in native communities, can provide comprehensive healthcare services including abortion.

  • Fully funding the Indian Housing Block Grant program, the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program, and the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant, to address mass homelessness in our tribal communities and ensure that available monies are able to support the unique circumstances of each sovereign nation.

  • Re-evaluating the poverty driven practices of available HUD programs in order to provide tribal citizens with the necessary infrastructure to support economic revitalization and innovation.

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