INTERVIEW: Indigenous Voting Advocate Trisha Etringer
In these final days before the election there is a push to get people to the polls. There is also work being done locally to reach the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) vote.
Trisha Etringer is Director of Operations for the Great Plains Action Society and Iowa Field Coordinator for Vote Mob. She talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about her work and goals for the future.
A “Power to the People” virtual event is taking place on November 1, 2020. For more information click here.
Biography submitted by Trisha Etringer:
Hą! Hižąkišąną hinįkaragiwįna. Hello! Greetings to each and everyone. My English name is Trisha Etringer. My Hocąk name is Cąx-Sĕp-Gŭ-Wįga, which means Eagle-That-Returns. I reside in the tri-state area known as Sioux City, Iowa, but the original homelands to nations such as the Umonhon, Hocąk, Santee Sioux, Ihanktonwan, and Ponca. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am the current Director of Operations of Great Plains Action Society.
I am currently partnering with Vote Mob as the Iowa Field Coordinator to encourage the BIPOC vote. I have collaborated with different individuals and organizations on other initiatives such as the Urban Native Emergency COVID-19 Fundraiser, Climate Crisis Unity Parade, and various runs for #MMIW (#MMIR because our male relatives matter too!) and other causes. I currently sit on the Community Action Agency Board of Directors, Urban Native Center’s Board, Native American Advisory Board (partnership created with the Sioux City Police Department to better relations with the Native community), and Black Elk Native American Center.
I work hard to help contribute to my community and partners. This work never ends and is very exhausting, but laying the footwork for future generations will be beneficial.
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