Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Native Vote 2010

Native Vote 2010 is an initiative of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), designed to encourage American Indian and Alaska Native people to exercise their right to vote. To ramp up for this year’s midterm election, Native Vote re-launched its website and held a number of events including a kickoff teleconference to discuss strategy, and a webinar on Voter Education in Indian Country.

To assist regional organizations, tribal governments, and organizers in their work, Native Vote developed a toolkit and is distributing bi-weekly e-newsletters in an effort to increase awareness about the importance of voting.

With many tribes spread across rural, hard-to-reach areas, Native Vote is working hard to ensure American Indians are not disenfranchised. Recently, the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was left without an election official to conduct the general election. However, the Tribe was able to work with local counties, advocate for ballot access, and eventually worked out a solution with two neighboring counties that allowed the community to vote early for this year's election. Read more about their success here.


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