Victors highlighted as ‘political warrior’

In an Indian Country Today Media Network interview headlined “Kansas State Representative Ponka-We Victors Is a Political Warrior,” the two-term Wichita Democrat talked about being inspired to run for political office because the “weak structure of services that has left our Native people relying upon limited resources opened up my eyes at a very young age.” Victors, an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona and a member of the Southern Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, also was asked about Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision in 2011 to issue an official apology to the tribes of Kansas for past wrongs in dealing with the state. Victors said: “I believe that any time a government official publicly apologizes to the Native American people and community for the wrongdoings of the past, it can only be perceived as a positive and respectful gesture. It’s an opportunity to strengthen government-to-government relationships and to move forward. I believe the governor is willing to work with the tribes of Kansas. We all need to work together, since we all have one thing in common, such as loving the state of Kansas.”