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12/16/2017

article LENTE: Native voting — a step in the right direction
(New Mexico) -- Sometimes progress is slow. That much is clear when you consider Native Americans could not vote in New Mexico until 1948. That’s less than 70...

12/13/2017

press release Native Americans Again Seek to Protect their Right to Vote
(North Dakota) -- Today, the Native American Rights Fund again brought action against the state of North Dakota (ND) seeking to overturn ND’s newest discriminatory...

12/12/2017

article Wisconsin lawmakers push for recognition of tribal ID cards
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow members of federally recognized tribes to use their tribal identification cards for voter...

12/8/2017

article Rep. Paulette Jordan announces she’ll run for governor as a Democrat
(Idaho) -- The only Native American lawmaker currently serving in the Idaho Statehouse announced Thursday she's running for governor in 2018. Rep. Paulette Jordan, a...

12/6/2017

article New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver Convenes Native American Voting Task Force
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver knows it’s her job to make it easier for all eligible New Mexicans to vote. That’s why, inspired by...

11/13/2017

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote18 -Three Lessons from Last Week’s Elections, Time to Add Names, Ideas
(North Dakota) -- Three lessons from last week’s election results. First: Gerrymandering can be defeated. The election districts in Virginia were designed to...

8/12/2017

article Native Voting Rights—Back to the Drawing Board in South Dakota?
(South Dakota) -- Controversy erupted in South Dakota following the state’s announcement that voters on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation would have very restricted...

5/26/2017

article Mark Trahant: Voting is just sooo hard in the era of Donald Trump
(North Dakota) -- One election will not erase what is Donald J. Trump. Most of his voters see him as the antidote to business as usual. He’s shaking thing up (even...
article Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana
(Montana) -- The Native vote in Montana failed to sway a closely-watched election in Montana on Thursday, resulting in a victory for a Republican candidate who was...

5/5/2017

article ‘We don’t like the conversation’: Utah voters of color launch initiative to revamp the political system
(Utah) -- Antonella Packard says it's obvious: President Donald Trump's administration is a threat to minorities. "The hens are being guarded by the fox,...

5/3/2017

article N.M. Secretary Of State To Start Native American Voting Taskforce
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Friday that she’s creating a taskforce focused on increasing voter registration and...

4/17/2017

article North Dakota attempting to fix voter ID rules after lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- After altering voter identification laws in previous legislative sessions, North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature now is attempting to fix them...

4/6/2017

article Democrats’ last effort fails to secure mail-in election
(Montana) -- A last-ditch effort to allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail failed Friday to win support in the House, plunging elections...

3/10/2017

article Bill passes House to look at, improve voting access on Native Lands
(New Mexico) -- Representative Derrick Lente’s bill to increase access to ballot boxes on Native Lands passed the New Mexico House unanimously. The bill would...

3/9/2017

article Tribal voting rights case settled, Washoe County pays the most
(Reno) -- The parties involved in a voter discrimination lawsuit between two Native American tribes and state and county officials was settled for almost half of what...

1/20/2017

article Native activists focus on protests — not so much the ballot box
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has taken office, and in his inaugural speech he called for loyalty — to the United States, and to one another.

12/9/2016

article Feds expand areas where ballots will be in native languages
(Alaska) -- More people who speak Alaska Native languages will be able to receive translated election material thanks to changes made by the U.S. Census Bureau.

11/28/2016

article Voter Voices From The Flathead Reservation
(Montana) -- On a recent Friday morning at Pablo Elementary, a public school on the Flathead Indian Reservation, while most kids were in class, a few brave souls agreed...
article 3 from Nevada tribes win awards for fight for voting rights
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Indian Commission honored three Native Americans who successfully fought a pair of counties and the secretary of state to get satellite polling...

11/24/2016

article 3 from Nevada tribes win awards for fight for voting rights
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Indian Commission honored three Native Americans who successfully fought a pair of counties and the secretary of state to get satellite polling...

11/20/2016

article GOP Finds Ways To Win SD Legislative Seats
(South Dakota) -- Federal election laws provide protections so that people who aren’t whites have a fair chance to be treated squarely when they cast their votes....

11/14/2016

article Election Day Turmoil in Utah Portion of Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Confusion abounded in Navajo voting places in San Juan County, Utah, on Election Day, according to observers. The county overlaps the northern portion of the...

11/9/2016

article First voting on Paiute reservation inspires big turnout
(Nevada) -- Nixon had never had a place where people could vote on Election Day, at least not in the 52 years Linda Ely has lived there. But a lawsuit filed to help...
article In Nevada, some Native Americans have to travel 270 miles to vote
(Nevada) -- Highway 379 turns to gravel here, white and dusty, narrowing until it disappears into the craggy mountains off in the distance. Hang a right before the...
article This 99-year-old Native American woman just voted on her reservation for the first time ever
(Nevada) -- Last Friday, 99-year-old Flora Greene voted at a polling station on land owned by her tribe, the Pyramid Lake Paiute, for the first time in her life, her...
article Tribes Face Voting Difficulties
(Nevada) -- A decrease in polling places, discrepancies in addresses and many not getting mail delivery at home is making it harder for Native Americans across Arizona...

11/8/2016

article Appealing to the conservative Native American voter
(Oklahoma) -- As a group, Native Americans traditionally vote Democrat. Their economic status and views on environmental issues, among other things, tend to align more...
article ASU Law students work to ensure Native votes count
(Arizona) -- ASU Law student Allyson Von Seggern said she felt like a rookie two years ago working a primary election. She had recently moved from small-town Nebraska to...
article Native Americans seek visibility in their vote
(Illinois) -- In the run-down American Indian Center, fewer than 20 Native Americans are gathered to discuss issues that are important to them in this year’s...
article Voters in the Northern Agency head to chapters
(New Mexico) -- Voters on the Navajo Nation are casting ballots today to determine representation for chapter governments and other offices. There are 20 chapters in the...

11/7/2016

article County officials hike to bottom of Grand Canyon to set up polls for Havasupai Tribe
(Arizona) -- Matt Rudig stood on Havasupai Hilltop and looked down at the landscape of the Grand Canyon. He laced up his hiking boots and situated his backpack in...
article Native voters face hurdles in exercising basic right
(USA) -- It’s tough to give a poll worker your street address when you don’t live on a traditional street, but that’s just one of the challenges that...

11/3/2016

article On This Day: Supreme Court says tax-paying Indians can’t vote
(Washington D.C.) -- On November 3, 1884, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions, when it said that American Indians who paid...

10/28/2016

article Native Americans in Nevada might be forced to drive hundreds of miles to vote
(Nevada) -- Nine Native American tribes say their state is infringing on their voting rights after Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske denied their request to...
article Voting from a Native American reservation is much harder than it should be
(USA) -- As Election Day approaches, candidates are rallying their bases to vote. But for Native American voters in places like Arizona, access — not apathy...

10/27/2016

article Nevada elections chief refuses to accommodate Native Americans who have to drive 200 miles to vote
(Nevada) -- Nine Native American tribes asked the Nevada secretary of state last week to establish early voting locations on their reservations. They claimed the roughly...
article Nevada’s Tea Party Secretary of State Rejects Indian Tribes’ Request for Reservation Polling Sites
(Nevada) -- Earlier this month, thanks in great part to the efforts of the South Dakota-based Native voter advocacy group Four Directions, federal district Judge Miranda...
article State denies early voting request from nine tribes
(Nevada) -- Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office denied a request from nine Nevada tribes asking for early polling locations, citing logistical issues with...
article Oglala Lakota County commissioners decide to leave Pine Ridge absentee voting site in place
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Lakota County commissioners voted unanimously at a special meeting on Tuesday to deny a request to relocate the county absentee voting center...

10/26/2016

article 9 more tribes join battle over alleged voting violations in Nevada
(Nevada) -- The state of Nevada and two counties could end up paying well over $100,000 in legal expenses as they continue to wage a legal battle with two tribes over...
article Nevada tribes seek $117K in legal costs in voting suit
(Nevada) -- Two Nevada tribes are asking a federal judge to order the state of Nevada and two counties to pay them more than $100,000 in legal expenses in a growing...

10/25/2016

article Nevada tribes seek $117K in legal costs in voting suit
(Nevada) -- Two Nevada tribes are asking a federal judge to order the state of Nevada and two counties to pay them more than $100,000 in legal expenses in a growing...

10/24/2016

article Fighting tribal voting rights suit might cost taxpayers $117k
(Nevada) -- Fighting a request from two Nevada Native American tribes for increased polling access might cost the state and two counties more than $117,000.
article Nine Native American tribes seek to shorten 200 mile trip to early vote
(Nevada) -- For some Nevada Native American tribes, early voting next week will require a lengthy drive: more than 200 miles round trip. That’s why nine tribes asked the...

10/22/2016

article Nine more tribes in Nevada request early polling sites
(Nevada) -- After a federal judge granted two Nevada Native American tribes access to early voting and Election Day polling locations, nine tribes followed up with a...

10/20/2016

article Rhode Island to consider accepting voters' tribal ID cards
(Rhode Island) -- Members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe are asking for their tribal identification cards to be considered valid for voting in Rhode Island.

10/17/2016

article Native American's vote is their voice
(Montana) -- With election day around the corner candidates are pushing harder than ever to ensure that all eligible Native Americans have the opportunity to vote. Both...

10/16/2016

article #NATIVEVOTE16 – Tom Cole Forges the GOP Case for Tribal Sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- Early on I decided to focus this #NativeVote16 project on American Indians and Alaska Natives running for office. (Instead of a broader look at the...

10/15/2016

article Federal judge denies Navajos' request for more polling sites
(Utah) -- San Juan County will not have to open several new polling places for Navajo voters, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish struck down a...

10/14/2016

article Victory Lap for Paiutes and the Native Vote
(Nevada) -- An emergency injunction will open early-voting offices on the Walker River and Pyramid Lake Paiute reservations. Plaintiffs, including tribal chairmen Bobby...
article Please vote, says State Lobbyist, especially this year
(Washington) -- All nine statewide offices are up for election this year, he said. These include offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney...

10/12/2016

article County complies with federal ruling, adds tribal polling site
(Nevada) -- Washoe County announced Wednesday it would comply with a federal judge’s ruling and open a polling site in Nixon, the tribal capital for the Pyramid...
article Court ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada
(Nevada) -- Native Americans in Nevada will have greater voting access next month than ever before, boosting the chances that Democrats retain a key Senate seat and...
article Court-ordered voting site set for Nevada tribe in US suit
(Nevada) -- Washoe County has designated a new early voting and Election Day voting site on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's reservation northeast of Reno in...
article Nevada Tribes Could Boost Dem Chances Following Court Ruling
(Nevada) -- Hoping to score big in Nevada after gaining greater voting access, Democrats are looking to retain a key Senate seat and hijack the state's six electoral...
article Paiute tribe members win right to vote at Pyramid Lake offices
(Nevada) -- Native American voters residing at Pyramid Lake will be able to vote at the tribal administration office at Nixon after a federal judge ruled in a voting...
article Native Americans Face Unique Barriers To Voting
(USA) -- When it comes to voting, many Native American voters face challenges that other voters don't, including language barriers and a lack of accessible polling...

10/9/2016

article US judge sides with Nevada tribes in voting rights case
(Nevada) -- Two Native American tribes in Nevada have won an emergency court order in a federal lawsuit accusing the Republican secretary of state and two counties of...

10/7/2016

article Tribe says they have enough registered voters to require polling site
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe said Thursday they now have enough people registered to require an Election Day polling site just one day before a judge is...

10/6/2016

article US Justice Department backs Nevada tribes on voting test
(Nevada) -- The Justice Department is siding with two Nevada tribes’ interpretation of a key part of the U.S. Voting Rights Act at issue in a legal battle with...

10/5/2016

article Montana lawmakers push to attract Native American voters
(Montana) -- When Steve Daines visited the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer in 2014 to meet with tribal leaders as a freshman member of Congress, he was...
article Young Navajo Voters Want To See More From Clinton
(Arizona) -- Majerle Lister is a young Navajo voter who has lived on and off the reservation. There are 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona including the largest...

10/4/2016

article Ruling expected in tribal voter disenfranchisement lawsuit by Friday
(Nevada) -- A federal judge said she will rule on an emergency injunction regarding a federal lawsuit by two Native American tribes alleging voter disenfranchisement by...
article US Justice Department backs Nevada tribes on voting test
(Nevada) -- The Justice Department is siding with two Nevada tribes' interpretation of a key part of the U.S. Voting Rights Act at issue in a legal battle with state...
article ‘We’re here, but we’re invisible’: Native Americans fight to vote on their reservations
(Nevada) -- Gladys Hicks has lived on the Pyramid Lake reservation in northern Nevada for her entire 83 years. She has never had a driver’s license, and, due to a...

9/26/2016

article TRAHANT: Deadlines Near for Registration, Early Voting Starts Soon
(North Dakota) -- If Indian country is going to make a difference in this election there are details that need to be completed first. Voter registration is easy....

9/21/2016

article Navajos ask federal judge to restore polling places in Utah
(Utah) -- Navajo Nation member Davis Filfred prefers casting a ballot the old fashioned way at a polling place. But he's worried he may have to make a three-hour...
article Affidavit allowed for North Dakota voters lacking ID
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota must allow voters who don't have a state-required ID to cast a ballot by signing an affidavit swearing they are a qualified voter, a...

9/20/2016

article Native Americans Still Face Obstacles to Voting Access
(Arizona) -- Native Americans won the right to vote in Arizona in 1948. But open access to the polls didn’t come until 1976, when a U.S. Supreme Court decision...
article Paiutes sue state over voting rights
(Nevada) -- Two Native American tribes are taking the state to court over allegations that it is too difficult for Native people to vote in elections. The lawsuit was...

9/17/2016

article Meet the trailblazing Native American leading a surge in voter activism
(Montana) -- In the 2016 elections, Denise Juneau is both a trailblazer and an underdog. She is relishing both roles. If the Democrat causes an upset in November and...

9/16/2016

article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(USA) -- Distance and language barriers have long hindered Native Americans in the voting process. Recent voting procedure changes and the weakening of the Voting Rights...

9/15/2016

article When It Comes To Equal Voting Access, Native American Communities Still Face Obstacles
(Arizona) -- Native Americans won the right to vote in Arizona in 1948. But open access to the polls didn’t come until 1976, when a U.S. Supreme Court decision...

9/14/2016

article Native Americans in Nevada will have to travel almost 100 miles round-trip to vote
(Nevada) -- For two Native American tribes in northern Nevada, casting an early ballot next month will require multiple hours, access to a car, and a tank full of gas.

9/13/2016

article The painstaking work of translating Alaska's ballot into Native languages
(Alaska) -- After hours in the state elections office in Midtown Anchorage last month, two women stared at a computer screen, murmuring words in Yup'ik.

9/12/2016

article Nevada Billionaires Have Equal Rights, But Not Natives, Say Paiute
(Nevada) -- Chairmen Bobby Sanchez and Vinton Hawley, of the Walker River and Pyramid Lake Paiute tribes, respectively, are plaintiffs in a major new federal voting-...

9/10/2016

article Nevadan Tribes Seek Litigation Over Voting Rights Dispute
(Nevada) -- With early election voting fast approaching, two Native American tribes in Nevada are suing the state after having their requests for on-site voter...

9/9/2016

article Nevada native American tribes fight 'unequal' voting laws
(Nevada) -- Does a long drive to a ballot box constitute illegal voter discrimination? That's the heart of a lawsuit by the Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute...
article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(Utah) -- Terry Whitehat remembers gathering at the community hall in Navajo Mountain each election day, where Navajo Nation members in this remote Utah community would...

9/8/2016

article Native American tribes to sue Nevada over voter disenfranchisement
(Nevada) -- A pair of Native American tribes filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the state of Nevada and Washoe and Mineral counties after being denied voter...
article Nevada tribes charge Washoe, Mineral officials with voting rights violations
(Nevada) -- Whatever other issues this dispute raises--race, class, partisan advantage--first of all it's a matter of distance. To register to vote in person...
article Nevada tribes: Unequal polling access violates voting rights
(Reno) -- Tribal leaders in Nevada asked a U.S. judge Wednesday to order the state and two counties to establish satellite polling places on reservations where they say...

9/7/2016

article Tribes to sue secretary of state, allege unequal access to voting
(Nevada) -- Two tribal chiefs will file a lawsuit today against Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske alleging unequal access to voting, KTNV has learned. Walker River...

9/6/2016

article Group Looks to Get Out Native American Vote in Montana
(Montana) -- With two months left before Election Day, one group is encouraging Montana's Native American population to register to vote. The social justice group...
article Native American tribes to sue Nevada over voter disenfranchisement
(Nevada) -- A pair of Native American tribes are planning to file a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the state of Nevada after being denied voter registration sites...
article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(Utah) -- Terry Whitehat remembers gathering at the community hall in Navajo Mountain each election day, where Navajo Nation members in this remote Utah community would...

8/28/2016

article Newly enacted Native language voting provisions rolled out at polls in August Alaska primary
(Alaska) -- Before choosing a primary ballot at a polling place set up at the Manokotak City Office this week, Mike Toyukak glanced at two sample ballots offering Yup...

8/23/2016

article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(Utah) -- Terry Whitehat remembers gathering at the community hall in Navajo Mountain each election day, where Navajo Nation members in this remote Utah community would...

8/11/2016

article CLADOOSBY: N.D. Decision Highlights Failure to Protect Native Voting Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, Judge Daniel L. Hovland of the United States District Court for North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against North Dakota’s...

8/9/2016

article Your Call: A political shift for Native Americans
(California) -- On the August 9th edition of Your Call, we will discuss turning political tides for Native Americans. There are at least 73 American Indians, Alaska...

7/20/2016

article State official ‘pleased’ with satellite voting numbers
(Montana) -- Preliminary numbers from the June 7 primary election showed 424 voting-related users, either in new registrations or updates to registrations and absentee...

7/14/2016

article Liberals made big gains, but NDP still won the First Nations vote in 2015, data shows
(Canada) -- Turnout among Indigenous Canadians increased dramatically in the last federal election, and an analysis of Elections Canada data suggests that the Liberals...

7/11/2016

article Native Voters Catch The Attention Of Montana's Political Parties
(Montana) -- During the Arlee Powwow over the 4th of July weekend, Bruce Meyers, the only Native American Republican in Montana’s legislature, stood along the...

7/6/2016

article Democrats hire Native Vote director
(Montana) -- The Montana Democratic Party has hired Amy Croover as director of the Native Vote Program, officials said Wednesday. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk...

7/4/2016

article How a Utah county silenced Native American voters
(Utah) -- To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New...

6/19/2016

article How a Utah County Silenced Native American Voters -- and How Navajos Are Fighting Back
(Utah) -- To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New...

6/16/2016

article Huge increase in Sask. on-reserve voters in 2015 federal election
(Saskatchewan) -- There was a huge jump in on-reserve voting turnout during the last federal election in Saskatchewan. According to a new report from Statistics Canada,...
article Mark Trahant: A movement for the Native vote in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s primary Tuesday was supposed to be routine: After all the Native American candidates were running unopposed in their primary races.

6/11/2016

article Costs of Indian voting rights legal counsel released
(Montana) -- Money spent by counties defending a 2012 lawsuit on Indian voting rights could have gone toward setting up satellite voting and alternative voting areas on...

6/6/2016

article Low Turnout At Reservation Satellite Voting Offices Ahead Of Primaries
(Montana) -- New satellite election offices near and on American Indian Reservations in Montana saw low turnout before the primary, but state and tribal officials are...
article Native legislative candidates have a chance to make history
(Montana) -- If American Indian candidates win all 11 seats in the Montana Legislature they are running for this fall, the percentage of Natives in the session would for...

6/1/2016

article Candidates make push for California's Native American voters
(California) -- California is often seen as what the future of the country could look like in the coming years. And during an election year, that means some candidates...
article Secretary McCulloch visits Heart Butte’s new Satellite voting office
(Montana) -- Reservation voters should have an easier time this election season, thanks to the expansion of Satellite voting offices around Montana. Secretary of State...

5/31/2016

article Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights
(North Dakota) -- Elvis Norquay, a member of the Chippewa Indian tribe, has lived most of his 58 years on North Dakota's remote Turtle Mountain reservation and says...

5/21/2016

article TRAHANT: Making Little Dollars Count; Native Dem Congressional Candidates
(North Dakota) -- This week a small contribution to a political campaign is worth a lot more. Arizona’s Victoria Steele has two donors who are matching small...

5/18/2016

article 13 satellite offices set up for tribes, state says
(Montana) -- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch announced Tuesday that 13 early voting offices have now been established on Montana’s American Indian reservations...

5/17/2016

article NAHDEE: Something in the Water: Thoughts on Indian Elections
(Ontario) -- My generation’s destiny is to bring about the death of colonization, neo-colonialism, and any other forms of systemic government oppression.
article TRAHANT: Latino Voter Registration Is Growing Fast
(North Dakota) -- Let’s start with an understatement: Donald Trump is not the usual Republican Party nominee for president. There is no script for the months ahead...

5/16/2016

article American Indians are less likely to claim identification with major American political parties.
(USA) -- Much has been written recently about the partisan preferences of Hispanics and Asians, but the political orientations of Native Americans are less well...

5/12/2016

article WILKINS: To Vote or Not to Vote: Native Choice
(Minnesota) -- I teach native politics, treaties, and federal Indian law at the University of Minnesota. In my current course, Law, Sovereignty, & Treaty Rights, we...

5/7/2016

article SHARP: Bernie Sanders Knows
(Washington) -- Ask which ethnic group has the shortest life expectancy, the highest major disease rates, the highest incarceration rates, the fewest education...

5/1/2016

article #NATIVEVOTE16 – Native Vote -- Feelin' The Endorsements. What Newspapers Say
(USA) -- Over the past four decades (did I really write that?) I have spent a lot of time on the question of endorsing candidates. At large newspapers, and small ones,...

4/29/2016

article TRAHANT: Tribes Weigh In, Power of Endorsement
(North Dakota) -- Tribes in Montana and North Dakota went on record last week “endorsing” candidates. The Salish Kootenai Tribe endorsed Denise Juneau’...

4/27/2016

article NATIVEVOTE#16: Measuring Contributions of $25 or Less
(North Dakota) -- Let’s turn the world upside down. A “normal” political story might examine finances for political candidates starting with who raised...
article WILLIS: My View of the Primaries
(Oklahoma) -- I am an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, also half Ponca Nation descent, and a concerned Democrat, please allow me to share a few reasons to...

4/18/2016

article Samantha Bee Grills Bernie Sanders Focus Group: You Think the GOP Will Work with a ‘Socialist Jew?’
(New York) -- Last month, Samantha Bee held the world’s most disturbing focus group in an attempt to understand Donald Trump voters. So it’s only fitting...

4/13/2016

article Sanders tells tribe he will refocus on Native Americans
(New York) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has promised to speak to the issues and people not addressed by other politicians or covered by the...
article Recruiting, interest lead to more Native Americans on ND Dems' ticket
(North Dakota) -- With an unprecedented three Native Americans on the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party's statewide ticket and at least four running for legislative...

4/12/2016

article Native Americans Are Still The "Invisible Vote." Here's Why.
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans are a diverse demographic, with various languages and cultural distinctions defining each tribe. Unfortunately, economic, social,...

4/11/2016

article Rapid City students make 'Native Lives Matter' a presidential issue
(South Dakota) -- "Native Lives Matter" is a mantra heard often in reservation areas of South Dakota, but not often on the campaign trail. Three local high...

4/7/2016

article Meet Tara Houska, Native American advisor to presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders
(Washington D.C.) -- The Native American advisor to Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has told SBS she is determined to bring Indigenous issues to the...

4/6/2016

article Jane Sanders Meets With Northern Arapahoe Tribal Members
(Wyoming) -- The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday spent time with some Americans whose ancestors were around a long time before there...

4/5/2016

article BLOG: Native Americans Can’t Afford a Republican in the White House
(Washington D.C.) -- “Under President Bush, there were zero.” Those words, spoken by Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskins Jr., have stuck with me over...
article Sanders Hires Native American Staffer: Nicole Willis
(USA) -- On March 21, the day after coordinating Bernie Sanders’ meeting with tribal leaders in Washington state, Nicole Willis, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla...

4/4/2016

article Sanders Makes Appeal For Tribal Support At Wausau Rally
(Wisconsin) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a pitch for Native American votes at a rally Sunday in Wausau. The latest polls show Sanders with a...

4/2/2016

article Bernie Sanders’ Native American Advisor Is Fighting to End ‘RedFace’
(Colorado) -- There are a lot of hard truths to confront about the indigenous people of North America. The list starts with one very uncomfortable contradiction: The...

3/30/2016

article 30 Native Leaders Stand With Clinton
(Washington) -- On Friday, in the midst of the social media storm over Senator Bernie Sanders’ meeting with a small house finch that landed on his podium, Hillary...
article Media mum on Trump slight of Native Americans
(Wisconsin) -- The silence has been deafening since presidential wannabe Donald Trump slammed Sen. Elizabeth Warren with one of his trademark drive-by sideswipes at a...

3/28/2016

article Bernie Sanders sweeps three states as Native issues stay on agenda
(USA) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won contests in three states on Saturday, maintaining pressure on front-runner Hillary Clinton as the 2016 race...
article Full-time election office to open on Blackfeet reservation
(Montana) -- A Montana county will offer full-time election services at a satellite office on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation through the November general election.
article The Latest: Sanders' work with tribes impresses Alaska voter
(Alaska) -- Shannon McDermott, a 25-year-old Inupiat Eskimo from Anchorage, said she supported Bernie Sanders in Saturday's election because he has made tribes...

3/27/2016

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote16 – Republicans aren’t getting much attention or votes from Indian Country
(North Dakota) -- Who’s winning Indian Country this presidential election season? On social media it is an intense debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters point to...

3/25/2016

article Native Americans Are Taking the Fight for Voting Rights to Court
(USA) -- On Tuesday night, the long lines of Arizona primary voters highlighted the potentially disastrous fallout from a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the...
article Native push for Bernie Sanders fails to translate into more votes
(Arizona) -- A high-profile campaign stop on the Navajo Nation did not help Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders overcome strong support for front-runner...
article Sanders takes stand against Pebble mine after wife's talk with Bristol Bay tribes
(Alaska) -- On the eve of Alaska’s Democratic presidential caucuses, candidate Bernie Sanders took a stand on the proposed Pebble mine: He’s strongly against...
article Tribal leaders throw pre-caucus support to Hillary Clinton
(Washington) -- A lineup of tribal leaders from across Washington has thrown its support to Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy on the eve of Washington's...

3/23/2016

article Bernie Sanders visits Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Bernie Sanders (I- VT) visited the Navajo Nation March 17 and put on a rally at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort before an enthusiastic crowd of thousands...
article Native Americans Fight for Voting Rights as Primaries Continue
(USA) -- Hundreds of years of disenfranchisement are still making their way into state legislation and practice. As Utah and Arizona vote in Tuesday’s primaries...
article Puyallup Tribe hosts Hillary Clinton for tribal leaders roundtable
(Washington) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited Western Washington on Tuesday, March 22, and among the stops on her itinerary was to take part...
article U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders honoured with Coast Salish name
(Washington) -- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders received a Coast Salish name during a campaign visit in Seattle on March 20. In the video posted to YouTube, former...
article Who Cares about the Native American Vote?
(USA) -- With all the talk about black and Latino votes, there has been a dearth of national discussion about the Native American vote. But Native Americans are, at 5...

3/22/2016

article Arizona Primary: Native Americans Could Be Key For Democrats
(Arizona) -- When Bernie Sanders took the stage at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort late last week, he became the first presidential hopeful since 1999 to campaign...
article In Flagstaff, Sanders pursues Native American vote, to mixed response
(Arizona) -- A cheer went up in Macy’s European Coffeehouse and Bakery in this small mountain city on Tuesday morning as Bernie Sanders walked in with an entourage...
article Voting Rights 2016: Native Americans Struggle To Overcome Barriers Ahead Of Arizona Elections
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation reservation, the largest concentrated population of American Indians in the United States, is tucked into Arizona's northwest corner....

3/20/2016

article TRAHANT: Doubts about Voting? Just Think, Montana
(Montana) -- When someone tells you that your vote doesn’t matter, quietly say, “Montana.” Or if someone says that politicians don’t listen and...

3/18/2016

article Bernie Sanders talks Native American issues, minimum wage at Twin Arrows rally
(Arizona) -- Addressing the problems of Native America and income inequality drew cheers for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders Thursday night at a rally...
article Democratic candidates court Native American vote in Arizona
(Arizona) -- As thousands of people lined up around the Phoenix Convention Center Tuesday afternoon to hear presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak, they could hear...

3/15/2016

article Native American Groups Defend Their Right to Vote
(Washington) -- When Americans go to the polls this November to elect the next U.S. president, Native American groups worry that many of their members will be turned...

3/12/2016

article Return to Sender: Navajo Voters Reject Mail-in Voting
(Arizona) -- A high-powered coalition of attorneys has filed a federal voting-rights lawsuit against San Juan County, Utah. They’ve done so on behalf of the Navajo...

3/9/2016

article Wife of Bernie Sanders slated to visit sacred Apache site in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Leaders and members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona will welcome Jane Sanders, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, to...

3/8/2016

article Group calls Indian voting proposals ‘unequal’
(Montana) -- An Indian advocacy organization has told Secretary of State Linda McCulloch that the counties that have submitted proposals for Indian voting satellite...

3/6/2016

article Thurston County only precinct to host democratic caucus on Native American reservation
(Nebraska) -- Thurston County in Nebraska was one of the last sites to host its democratic caucus. There were a total of 93 active locations within the state, but...

3/4/2016

article San Juan County sued over voting access for Navajo citizens
(Utah) -- Members of the Navajo Nation are suing over the voting system in Utah's San Juan County. The county closed polling places in 2014 and moved to a mail-in...

3/3/2016

article Voting Made Difficult Leads to lawsuit
(Arizona) -- So what’s an elderly Navajo man or woman to do, if they live an hour or more from Monticello? That’s the dilemma facing many Navajos who want to...

3/2/2016

article Major Navajo Nation Voting Rights Win
(Utah) -- A federal judge has ruled that the election districts for San Juan County, Utah’s school board and county commission are unconstitutional. Decisions...

2/29/2016

article Democratic and Native American Leaders Give Support To Bernie Sanders
(USA) -- On the heels of Bernie Sanders’ biggest loss yet, a ray of light shines. Despite Hillary Clinton’s seemingly insurmountable advantage with both...

2/27/2016

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote16 -- On Social Media People #FeeltheBern But Do They Vote?
(North Dakota) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders seems to own social media. Write anything with a #feelthebern hashtag and those tweets have a ready audience ready to affirm (or...
article Navajo Nation wins decision over voting districts in Utah county
(Utah) -- When the lawsuit was filed in 2012, Native Americans represented 50.4 percent of the population in San Juan County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

2/26/2016

article Judge orders districts redrawn in Utah’s San Juan County
(Utah) -- A federal judge says an election district in Utah’s San Juan County violates equal protection for American Indians and the districts must be redrawn. The...

2/25/2016

article Bernie Sanders Reaches Out to Native American Voters
(Oklahoma) -- Bernie Sanders delivered a speech in Tulsa, Wednesday, six days before Oklahomans head to the ballot box in the Super Tuesday primaries. Sanders traveled...
article Tara Houska, Ojibwe, Named Native American Advisor to Bernie Sanders
(Washington D.C.) -- On Tuesday, attorney and ICTMN contributing columnist Tara Houska was appointed as Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, according...
article Blackfeet Tribe Calls For Better Voting Access In Pondera County
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe is challenging Pondera County Commissioners and Montana’s Secretary of State Office about tribal member’s voting access. The...

2/23/2016

article Blackfeet say voting proposal unacceptable
(Montana) -- The head of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has told the Pondera County commissioners that their offer of 10 hours of access to late registration and...

2/22/2016

article After Navajo Nation sues, judge orders San Juan County to redraw lines
(Utah) -- San Juan County must redraw the lines of its largely American Indian district after a judge found the county had violated the 14th and 15th Amendments. The...
article Indian voters continue to favor Bernie Sanders as 2016 presidential race heats up
(Nevada) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton scored a big win at the Nevada caucuses on Saturday but Indian voters continue to lean towards rival Bernie...
article BLOG: Bernie Sanders should have done better with Clyde Bellecourt’s treaty question
(Minnesota) -- At the Black America Forum on Friday, February 14, in Minneapolis, Bernie Sanders was asked a very important question looming in the minds of American...

2/15/2016

article ‘Are You Going to Honor the Treaties?’ Clyde Bellecourt Asks Bernie Sanders
(Minnesota) -- On Thursday, Clyde Bellecourt, founder of the American Indian Movement and elder statesman in the Twin Cities civil rights community, was the last...

2/14/2016

article Bernie Sanders Courts Native American Voters
(USA) -- Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders achieved a historic upset at the New Hampshire primaries last week by winning 60 percent of the delegates....

2/13/2016

article Bellecourt demands Sanders promise to follow Indian treaties
(Minnesota) -- One of the country's best-known American Indians confronted Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Friday and was not happy with what he...
article Native American Leader to Sanders: I'm Tired of Gov't 'Bullshit'
(Minnesota) -- During a Black community forum, a Native American activist told Bernie Sanders that the U.S. government must do more for Native communities.

2/12/2016

article Native American votes matter in an election year
(Montana) -- Carol’s List, an organization aimed at helping women’s influence and power in the political arena, and Montana Native Vote, an organization...
article Report details challenges facing Indian voters
(Montana) -- Conditions such as distance, health, weather, income and a history of discrimination in voting are some of the reasons why satellite offices on American...

2/3/2016

article Satellite election offices established on Montana reservations
(Montana) -- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch -- who also serves as the state's and chief elections officer -- announced on Monday the establishment of...

2/1/2016

article Montana establishes 5 election offices on tribal land
(Montana) -- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch announced Monday that five new satellite elections offices are set to open on tribal lands across Montana in advance of...

1/28/2016

article Blackfeet push county for Heart Butte voting office
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal officials are pressing Pondera County commissioners for a definitive yes or no answer to the tribe’s request for a satellite voting...

1/11/2016

article County to offer proposal on satellite voting
(Montana) -- The Blaine County commissioners are drafting a response to a letter from the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council regarding satellite late registration and...

12/29/2015

article Online voter registration is coming to New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- New Mexicans should be able to register to vote online by the end of this week, as the Secretary of State’s Office is putting the final touches on...

12/22/2015

article Pine Ridge group urges judge to keep lawsuit going against Jackson County
(South Dakota) -- Four Native Americans who are suing Jackson County over alleged violations of the Voting Rights Act have asked a federal judge not to dismiss the case...
article Native groups, unions put cash behind effort to link PFD, voter registration
(Alaska) -- The group behind the initiative to merge voter registration with Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividend applications has pulled in another $45,000 from...

12/14/2015

article Santee Sioux members off reservation seek voting rights
(Iowa) -- Some members of the Santee Sioux Nation are seeking to extend voting rights to those who live off of the northeast Nebraska reservation.

11/23/2015

article Mark Trahant: Who will be the Barack Obama of Indian Country?
(Alaska) -- At least 73 American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians serve in 17 state legislatures. This is important for a couple of reasons.

11/18/2015

article Woman sentenced for years-old election law violation
(South Dakota) -- A Harrold woman who was prosecuted this year for an election law violation more than a decade ago won't see prison time. Attorney General Marty...

11/3/2015

article Mark Trahant: Counting up the Native vote for #NativeVote16
(Alaska) -- My goal for Trahant Reports is to make it a “for all” place for politics in Indian Country. To that end, I will be posting more press releases,...

10/25/2015

article Anger at Stephen Harper, disenfranchisement fuelled aboriginal voter turnout, say activists
(Canada) -- Aboriginal activists who spent months mobilizing First Nations communities say outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper's attempt to disenfranchise...

10/24/2015

article What ‘Rock the Vote’ did for Canada
(Canada) -- Voter turnout increased by more than 200% in some First Nation communities in this federal election. No one knows how many more votes there may have been if...
article Editorial: Make voting easier for Native Americans on reservations
(Montana) -- We have a longstanding belief on the Tribune editorial board that government should make it easier, not more difficult, for people to vote for public office.

10/22/2015

article Secretary Linda McCulloch issues Satellite Voting Directive
(Montana) -- Secretary of State and Chief Elections Official Linda McCulloch is directing all Montana counties with American Indian reservations to work with Tribal...

10/21/2015

article TRAHANT: Five lessons for Indian Country from the Canadian elections
(Alaska) -- Canada’s election was one for the history books: A third-place Liberal party won enough seats to form a government; Aboriginal voters cast so many...
article 4 first-time First Nations voters: why they voted, what they hope for
(Canada) -- Today, some of the most politically active people in indigenous country are reflecting on how casting a vote for the first time may have changed the nation.
article THOMPSON-BAKER: Why I Voted in Canada’s National Election
(British Columbia) -- Over the last couple of years an urgency has invigorated Turtle Island.... a call to action that has awakened all the First Nations. Idling no more...
article Counties To Work With Tribal Governments On Voting Access
(Montana) -- Montana's secretary of state is directing all counties with American Indian reservations to work with tribal governments to establish satellite election...
article Satellite voting access set for all Indian Reservations in Montana
(Montana) -- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch -- the chief elections official for Montana -- announced on Monday that she is directing all Montana counties...

10/20/2015

article Satellite Voting access set for all Montana Indian Reservation
(Montana) -- Most Montana Indian reservations have local polling places to go on election day, but for those who have to travel great distances, access to services such...
article Conservative's Leona Aglukkaq out as Liberals sweep the North
(North Canada) -- Leona Aglukkaq, the former Conservative cabinet minister from Nunavut, has been left without a seat as the Liberals have swept the North. CBC has...
article NDP's Romeo Saganash re-elected in Northern Quebec
(North Canada) -- NDP incumbent Romeo Saganash has been re-elected in Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, the country's second largest riding, in Northern Quebec....

10/19/2015

article Counties to work with tribal governments on voting access
(Montana) -- Montana's secretary of state is directing all counties with American Indian reservations to work with tribal governments to establish satellite election...
article McCulloch orders counties establish satellite voting offices
(Montana) -- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has directed counties that include reservations to establish satellite election offices, but tribal activists say she...
article Meet the Winnipeg women working around the clock to rock the indigenous vote
(Winnipeg) -- "We have the power to change this," says Jackie Traverse. And, that's the message that she, Sylvia Boudreau and Lisa Forbes have taken with...
article Polling station in Alberta First Nation runs out of ballots
(Alberta) -- Voters hoping to cast a ballot at the Siksika First Nation southeast of Calgary were surprised to find there were none left. The polling station on the...
article Winning the indigenous vote means acknowledging disparity in Canada
(Winnipeg) -- We're facing a deficit in Canada. It's not a deficit in the government's books, but a deficit in potential. Canada values and commits itself to...

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