EL RENO – Maya Torralba, candidate for House of Representatives in District 56, will discuss issues and her election plans at the next meeting of the Canadian County Democrats at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 08. The meeting at Canadian Valley Technology Center is free and open to the public with seating available on a first come, first served basis. The facility is located at 6505 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.
House District 56 includes parts of Canadian, Grady and Caddo counties, including Anadarko.
A Kiowa tribal member and resident of Anadarko, Torralba founded and secured grant funding for the Anadarko Community Esteem Project to empower teenage girls and increase youth involvement with both Native culture and community awareness.
"District 56 faces many challenges," Torralba said. "I have witnessed the detrimental effects of natural disasters such as ice storms and tornadoes, but the greatest problems we face are substance abuse, suicide, child abuse, and gang violence."
She believes that Oklahoma should showcase and celebrate the unique cultures in southwest Oklahoma to boost tourism. Tribes and rural communities could also benefit by working together as Oklahomans.
Torralba is a member of the Protecting Native Youth Coalition for all youth in the Caddo County area and the Native Youth Leadership Alliance, a national program that provides support to tribal college students. Maya is also a member of the Caddo County Suicide Prevention Task force.
She co-hosts of the KACO-FM Saturday morning program "Indians for Indians" and has also worked with the Kiowa Culture Preservation Authority as a Kiowa language grant coordinator.
"I believe that Native American and Oklahoma values are progressive values," Torralba said. "These include lifting our human brothers and sisters to a higher standard of living; making sure our elders and children live in a safe community; paving a smooth road to educate our future generations; and keeping technology and the environment in a sustainable balance. "
Torralba is deeply committed to family. She is married to Brian Daffron, a professor at Comanche Nation College and has three children: son Chado, age seven, and a twin daughter and son, Kateri and Matthias, age five. She enjoys dancing with her relatives and honors veterans at the annual Kiowa Black Leggings Ceremonial at Indian City in October.