Candidate Essay: Gerald White

Chairperson Candidate: Gerald White

Boozhoo Niizhoogaaboindiizhinikaaz, Chi-aachabawning indoonjiba

Greetings, esteemed members of Gaa-zagashkwaajimekaag As I stand before you, I come with a vision rooted in our shared values, a vision that embraces progress, empowerment, and unity. Today, I am honored to presen a part of my platform as I seek your support to serve as Tribal Chairman.

  1. Ending Homelessness: It is unacceptable that members of our community are without shelter. I pledge to implement comprehensive strategies to eradicate homelessness, providing support and resources to ensure every member has a place to call home.
  2. Supporting Education: Education is the cornerstone of empowerment. I am committed to enhancing educational opportunities for our youth, ensuring they have access to quality education that prepares them for success and preserves our cultural heritage.
  3. Entrepreneurship: I believe in fostering a culture of entrepreneurship within our community. By providing support, resources, and mentorship, we can empower tribal members to create and sustain businesses that contribute to our collective prosperity.
  4. Enrollment of Tribal Members: Every member of our tribe deserves recognition and support. I will work tirelessly to streamline enrollment processes, ensuring that all eligible individuals have access to their rightful membership benefits and resources.
  5. Equity for Resources: Whether living on or off the Leech Lake Reservation, every member should have equitable access to essential resources. I will advocate for fair distribution and allocation of resources to uplift all members of our community.
  6. Elder Care: Our elders are the custodians of our traditions and wisdom. I am dedicated to enhancing elder care services, ensuring our elders receive the respect, support, and care they deserve.
  7. Early Childhood: Investing in our youngest members is investing in our future. I will prioritize early childhood development programs and resources to give our children the best possible start in life.
  8. Environmental Issues and Treaty Rights: Protecting our environment and upholding our treaty rights are paramount. I will champion environmental conservation efforts and defend our rights to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

In pursuing these goals, I am guided by the principles of transparency, accountability, and inclusivity. I believe in the power of collaboration and dialogue, and I am committed to working alongside all members of our community to realize our shared vision of prosperity and wellbeing.

Together, we can build a brighter future for our tribe—one grounded in in our culture, resilience, justice, and unity. With your support, I am confident that we can make meaningful progress and create lasting positive change for generations to come. Thank you for your trust, your partnership, and your dedication to our shared journey.


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