Democracy is a Native American concept. We will fight to protect it.

Democracy is Native

The Native American Rights Fund is committed to fighting injustices faced by Native Americans trying to exercise their right to vote.

We need your help gearing up for this generational fight for justice. Over the year, we will release video updates explaining this fight. We will tell the stories of Native voters and tribal leaders across Indian Country.

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The State of Native Voting

Obstacles at Every Turn

Report (2020): Obstacles at Every Turn
This report provides detailed evidence that Native people face obstacles at every turn in the electoral process: from registering to vote, to casting votes, to having votes counted. Includes 2021 updates.
Field Hearings (2017-8)
The hearings create a documentary record of the circumstances surrounding voting in Indian Country, identifying the unique needs and challenges faced by Native voters.
Initial Survey (2016)
Results from the initial survey indicate that there are a variety of problems affecting access to the polls, each requiring a different strategy in order to resolve it.

NARF Voting Rights Actions

In The Courts

A fully enfranchised Native electorate is powerful. Native Americans are poised to sway local, state, and federal elections. They make up key voting blocks in states like Arizona, Alaska, Nevada, Montana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, to name a few.

The obstacles faced by Native voters are unreasonable and unfair and rob them of this political power. The fundamental promise of American democracy is that everyone can participate and effectuate change. We fight to honor that promise every day in courts across America.

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In Congress

Congress must pass the Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA) to combat the unique obstacles that Native voters face when they try to register, cast their votes, or have their votes count and their voices heard. Federal legislation is sorely needed to address the distinct issues confronting Native American voters and establish baseline, consistent standards for voting in state and federal elections.

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Native Voter Engagement & Access

Supporting Native Voters

Native American Voting Rights Coalition Organizational Members