Native American women make history in Rapid City
The most Native American women to be on the city's municipal ballot
RAPID CITY, S.D. – For the first time in Rapid City’s history there are 5 Native American women running for municipal offices, and one of those women is running for mayor. Overall there are 7 Native American candidates on the ballot and they all hope to make history in the hills.
“Everyone deserves a voice at the table-everyone. I am very proud and very honored to represent Rapid City,” said Cante Heart who is running for Ward 5.
Four of the women gathered in front of City Hall for their first news conference on Thursday. One of them could not make it because she was partaking in humanitarian efforts on Pine Ridge, trying to help those affected by the flood.
The four running for council come from wards 1,2,3 and 5. All of the candidates present at the conference are passionate about race relations. The overall goal is to unify the city and find common ground among people of all cultural backgrounds.
“We need to come together because we have shared values. We need to create relationships and trust in order to create a better Rapid City,” said Heart.
Mayoral candidate Natalie Stites-Means studied law and wants to tackle social issues. She wants to accomplish that by working side-by-side with residents of Rapid City.
“I think there is a lot of value to making sure that diverse people are at the table, and in particular making sure that those who are voiceless are represented,” said Stites-Means.
If she is elected she would be the first female mayor and the city’s second Native American chief executive.
Elections will be held on June 4.
Mayoral Candidate – Natalie Stites- Means
Ward 1 – Terra Houska
Ward 2 – Ramona Harrington
Ward 3 – Stephanie A. Savoy
Ward 5 – Cante Heart