Democrats tout plans for Indian Country, urge voter access at second-ever Native American presidential candidate forum


Before joining the event, Warren tweeted about the U.S. military’s pending proposal to expand the Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada by about 600,000 acres — a plan that the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe has opposed — and promised that as president she would seek “free prior, informed consent” from tribes on decisions affecting their lands.

The Massachusetts senator also said that she would revoke what she described as the “ill-advised, and, in my view, improperly granted permits” for the Keystone XL and Dakota access pipelines that cross through sacred tribal lands.

Steyer was also pressed during his portion of the forum about the Fallon military base, as well as the U.S. military’s proposal to expand the Nevada Test and Training Range used by Nellis and Creech Air Force bases by 300,000 acres. The military installation would expand into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses sacred homelands of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.