Key Native American leaders working with the Biden campaign offered tribal members and associates Visa gift cards, jewelry, and other “swag” to vote in the presidential election, according to several videos being used by the Trump campaign’s effort to challenge Nevada’s vote.
In one long video, officials from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony are shown offering a raffle for gift cards in values of $25, $100, $250, and $500 to those who can prove they voted.
Other gifts for voting include bracelets, necklaces, earrings, T-shirts, and masks.
“If you come here to vote or if you voted already, RSIC is having a raffle,” said RSIC spokeswoman Bethany Sam in one of the videos.
She also said, there are “a lot of great things to push you guys to get out here to vote, challenge you go get you out here to vote.”
In the same video, she is shown wearing a Biden-Harris anti-virus mask and in front of the Biden-Harris campaign bus.
The Trump campaign is expected to present the videos today in a Carson City court as it presses its case to challenge enough votes to overturn the state’s election of Joe Biden.
In a briefing paper on their case, the campaign referred to a “Native American Votes for Dollars Scandal.”
It said, “A shocking number of states have discovered that groups claiming to support the Native American community’s voice at the polls have engaged in blatantly illegal bribery and vote incentivizing with cash cards, gas cards, electronics and other items. This scandal appears to have been rampant in Nevada. Posts on the Nevada Native Vote Project Facebook page show that similar raffles were conducted in 15 Nevada native communities, with 116 voters receiving $6,650 in cash prizes.”
The RSIC did not respond to an email seeking comment.
But a lawyer for Native Americans dismissed the charges to Nevada’s NPR. “I think that this lawsuit is a little bit reckless,” Jacqueline De León, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, told NPR. “It’s sort of just casting a wide net of disparagement on the Nevada Native Vote Project. And it turns out a lot of their claims are unsubstantiated.”
She added that the raffles were open to all, but the videos limited entry to Native Americans and their associates or staffers.
The Native American vote was credited for pushing Biden over the victory line in some states such as Nevada and Arizona.
Liberal CNN commentator Van Jones said on-air, “The Native American community played a tremendous role.” He added, “They are responsible for the victory.”