Testimony on Native American Voting Rights

Testimony on Native American Voting Rights

Over the years, NARF staff have provided expert testimony to state and federal legislators to help them understand the unique experiences of Native American voters. Much of our testimony is based on the findings included in our report,  Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters. May 24, 2021Voting In America: The Potential For Voter ID Laws, Proof-Of-Citizenship Laws, And Lack Of Multi-Lingual Support To Interfere With Free And Fair Access To The Ballot. U.S. Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections. April 22, 2021Oversight of the Voting Rights Act: The Evolving Landscape of Voting…
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A Conversation on Voting Rights in Indian Country

In this first-of-its-kind online conversation, NARF legal experts Natalie Landreth (Chickasaw) and Jacqueline De León (Isleta Pueblo) discuss the historic struggles of Native people to vote, the legal fights to access the ballot and be represented, and why voices for racial justice are critical to our democracy. We discuss our new report Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters, which provides detailed evidence of how Native people face obstacles at every turn in the electoral process: from registering to vote, to casting votes, to having votes counted.
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Video: The Right to Vote: North Dakota

The North Dakota legislature passed a bill that required all registered voters to have a voter ID that included a permanent street address. Some saw this change in the law as an attempt to limit the Native American vote. The law especially affects Native Americans because customary addresses are not the norm on the state’s five reservations. In response, tribal activists and allies mobilized the Standing Rock community. That get-out-the-vote drive resulted in a record voter turnout in 2018. See the full Right to Vote film at publicsquaremedia.org/right-to-vote/
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