DNC “Build Back Better” Tour Makes a Stop in GRIC
“Today’s stop shows that the Biden/Harris administration wants to partner with tribes as we tackle the critical issues that face us now,” - Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis
Gila River Indian News
The Democratic National Committee’s Build Back Better Tour stopped in GRIC on Thursday, Aug 26, at the new Casa Blanca Community School, District 5. DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán, and GRIC Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis provided remarks for a small gathering of constituents and GRIC leadership.
The DNC Build Back Better Bus is trekking across the country and making stops in 10 battleground states. Its only stop in Indian Country was here in the Community. The purpose of the tour is to highlight the Biden Administration’s accomplishments and build support for the coming 2022 midterm elections.
“Today’s stop shows that the Biden/Harris administration wants to partner with tribes as we tackle the critical issues that face us now,” said Gov. Lewis. “It’s also an important acknowledgment that tribal nations are part of the solution as we look to move through the pandemic and rebuild our communities.”
Acknowledging the ongoing infrastructure needs faced by Indian Country, Lewis praised the Biden administration’s support for tribes and Native peoples. He said he looks forward to developing additional policies meant to ensure long-term health and economic wellness for tribal communities through increased resources and infrastructure.
During his remarks, Harrison praised the Democrats for advancing President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, including a multi-trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill. He also highlighted President Biden’s COVID relief bill earlier this year, which helped fund the Community’s new fleet of Mobile Vaccination Units.
“Let me be clear, we the Democrats have been able to deliver for the American people,” said Harrison. “We now have Mobile Vaccination Units … by virtue of the efforts of the Democratic Party in Congress, in the White House delivering the needed resources to Indian Country and all across America.”
Gov. Lewis gave Chair Harrison a tour of the school outlining the history of the former school, the Bureau of Indian Education lease-back program pioneered by the Community, and the technological advancements and cultural aspects embedded throughout Casa Blanca Community School campus.
Closing out the tour, Harrison said, “I had an amazing experience here at Casa Blanca Community School with Gov. Lewis and so many officials from this community to talk about the American Rescue plan and Build Back Better effort, and I look forward to visiting again.”