BELLEVUE – Chairman Heimlich released the following statement regarding videos showing illegal electioneering conducted by Lummi Native Votes, an organization associated with the Lummi Native American tribe in Whatcom County. 

“After reviewing these videos, it is clear that Lummi Native Votes participated in an illegal scheme to bribe tribal members to vote under the guise of a Get-Out-The-Vote campaign. Sadly, it appears that they are just one of many groups across the nation who have decided to flout the law in order to help Democratic candidates win. Voters should turn in their ballot because they want to participate in the electoral process, not because they they’ve been offered cash-value prizes, free food, and other swag.

These clearly illegal tactics severely disrupt the confidence Washingtonians have in our election system.”

During one video posted to Facebook, the Lummi Votes representative claims that the first 250 people to bring their ballot in to their event will get lunch, t-shirts, bandanas, etc.

During another video, the representative says to the winner “you won $25 worth of gas. How cool, just for voting.”

Shamelessly touting the partisan leanings behind the effort, the representative says in another video “if you have no clue on how to vote, always vote blue.”

On Wednesday December 2, the WSRP sent a formal letter to United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Brian Moran, asking for an official investigation, you can read the full letter here.

On Thursday, December 3, the WSRP sent a follow-up letter with links to the videos, you can view that letter here and the links below:

This comes after a Washington Examiner article details a “Pro-Biden effort offered Native Americans $25-$500 Visa gift cards and jewelry to vote”

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4 Comments

Barbara J Larsen · January 15, 2021 at 10:33 pm

You see this illegal voting going on under your nose and your shocked Trump fought against the votes for Biden.

Mike Goodpaster · February 1, 2021 at 1:53 pm

Indians…native Americans…indigenous…first peoples are welfare queens of the highest order.

Mike Goodpaster · February 1, 2021 at 1:54 pm

Who edits (censors) these replies?

Mike Goodpaster

Victor Baca · March 21, 2021 at 12:57 pm

The Lummis, like all other tribes, are “super citizens” with rights and free land and resources given to them that other U.S. citizens simply do not have. They lost territory in a war against the United States and would have been better off simply assimilating into the culture that vanquished them as happens throughout history. As a fellow citizen, I would have liked to have just a few of the benefits these tribal members enjoy (my people were the native “Mexicans” who populated the land known as Atzlan.). Or, then again, maybe not. This type of special treatment and status has led to Native Americans losing out on education and has fostered broken families, drug addiction, alcoholism and made them beholden to tribal leaders.

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