Indigenous voters showed up in force for the 2020 election, a marked increase from 2016. And get out the vote organizers expect to keep the momentum going by reminding Indigenous people that they can help sway an election and boosting the communities’ top priorities.
Like the rest of the nation, Native Americans tend to care most about healthcare and the economy right now.
Though this election has put the power of Indigenous people in the spotlight, in the past their vote was undervalued.
“This was an untapped resource in the voting population,” says Dee Sweet (of the Chippewa tribe), who worked with Wisconsin Native Vote to get Indigenous people to vote in the 2020 election. “Native people, when they believe in you, when they trust you, when they feel you are telling them the truth and you are going to work on their behalf, they will come out in droves.” Read more…