Two Alaska Native groups say no on Kavanaugh
Two high-profile Alaska Native organizations have come out against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, the Alaska Federation of Native issued a statement against Kavanaugh “because of, among other things, his views on the rights of Native peoples.”
The Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the Alaska Federation wrote a letter to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski asking her to reject Kavanaugh.
Both organizations have thrown their support behind Murkowski in previous campaigns. AFN’s statement did not specifically ask Murkowski to oppose Kavanaugh, rather, it called upon the entire Senate to vote against Kavanaugh.
“The documents that have been released so far in relation to his nomination demonstrate how troubling his confirmation would be for Native peoples, particularly Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians,” the statement said.
Last week, Tlingit & Haida President Richard J. Peterson wrote Murkowski, saying, “Kavanaugh is a danger to voting rights in the state of Alaska and across the country.”
Peterson later wrote:
"It is crucially important that when indigenous peoples come before the Supreme Court, the decisions are made by justices who share our nation's fundamental understanding of indigenous rights."
Murkowski has repeatedly said she has not made up her mind. Alaska's other senator, Dan Sullivan, has committed to supporting President Trump's pick.
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