Native American activist ‘shocked’ by Electoral College vote


LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota activist says she is “totally shocked” that she got a vote for president from the Electoral College this week.

Sixty-eight-year-old Faith Spotted Eagle of Lake Andes received one vote Monday from an elector in Washington state.

Spotted Eagle tells The Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2hF8qxb ) her getting the vote is a reflection of “the time that we live in.” She thinks she happens “to be a door to concerns that are relevant to everybody, not just Native people.”

An enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Spotted Eagle is an opponent of major oil pipeline projects, including the Dakota Access pipeline that has been the subject of protests.

Spotted Eagle says she hopes her fellow South Dakotans will recognize the importance of protecting water sources like the Missouri River.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com