NDNs vote with their feet.
Since a lot of non-native ppl are on here I’d thought I’d bring something very important up.
Most native americans vote with their feet.
Meaning the moment you show up in a region and start asking for help or support for something you’re basically asking that individual to follow you in a sense and defend what you are saying to their friends and family. Its the reason most are reluctant to talk to outsider non-natives about certain issues. Its why many times its only a very few Natives who are doing things in public.
Also asking any native american to speak to the non-native public is something that is very serious because if it blows back they are silently judged back home. If they fail there is a loss of prestige for the person among the community, Who are always watching. Speaking publicly also means that one is asserting themselves as a leader, If not now then in the future. So even though it doesn’t seem like a big deal, Said native might be moved up a level and have to deal with the Chief and other leaders. Its because they will often acknowledge them as a future threat to their election run. Because a rise in honor for taking a stand means the community will look to them for help. By backing them with their feet, Figuratively speaking.
When you look to a random native friend and ask for support because you got into a argument with another native. They are unlikely to want to commit because of the above. Many adopted out or great grandparents who was a native miss this point because it doesn’t have anything to do with blood and more with an internal culture.
This is mostly what happens here in my area. I don’t know about other places I was tired when writing this. I hope this makes sense.