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Native Americans Scored Big Election Wins in Washington State and Beyond

Article first appeared in In These Times in November 2018.  For more on topics like this, see my book,  American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion .   C hester Earl, 45, and about 300 members of Washington state tribes—from Tulalip, Yakama, Lummi, Quinault, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Earl’s own Puyallup community and more—are gathered at an election night party in a Tacoma catering hall, singing, drumming, dancing, feasting and watching returns from around the state and country. “It’s incredible,” Earl exclaims   (photo seen left)   as the big news comes in: Initiative 940, a Washington state ballot initiative which approves new police reform measures, has passed with  more than 60 percent  of the vote. Earl and about 15 of the attendees have just returned from a  two-week  reservation-to-reservation tour,  N8tive Vote 2018 . The tour held rallies on the state’s 29 tribal homelands and encouraged members to get to the polls, particula